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Senate cuts Gov’t power to issue ordinances during summer recess

Senate cuts Gov’t power to issue ordinances during summer recess

In an unprecedented move on Tuesday, the Senate vetoed the draft law enabling the Government to issue simple ordinances during the parliamentary summer recess. The bill was vetoed by 77 votes against, 25 in favor and 8 abstentions.

The Social Democrat Party voted against, despite the Liberals’ call to pass the draft law.

“The Government request to issue ordinance has never been vetoed before. Of course, there could be a first. But it’s one thing to have a correct first, favorable to the country and another one to block the government to issue ordinances,” argued Liberal senator Puiu Hasotti.

However, earlier in the day, the bill had got the green light of the Senate’s Legal committee after all the amendments filed by the other parliamentary committees had been rejected.

The Social Democrat chairman Liviu Dragnea had threatened that his party would limit Ciolos Cabinet’s possibility to issue ordinance during the summer recess, after he had agreed that together with their partners from ALDE.

PM Ciolos is expected to meet the Liberal leaders on this topic.

The draft law is to be also debated and voted in the Chamber of Deputies, as the decisional law-making body.

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