The new government formed by the alliance made up of the Social Democratic Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats was sworn in on Monday
As of Monday, Romania has a new government – the third within a year – formed by the Social Democratic Party – Alliance of Liberals and Democrats coalition. In December 2016, the Social Democratic Party won by a landslide the parliamentary elections and, together with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Romania, took over the power. After only six months, the party marked a first in the Romanian post-communist politics, using a no-confidence motion to topple its own government, back then headed by Sorin Grindeanu. This month, the Social – Democrat leadership has withdrawn its political support for the next Prime Minister, Mihai Tudose, and designated MEP Viorica Dancila in his stead, who thus became the first female prime minister in the history of this country.
That is why many people have high expectations from the current Executive. They would like to see what somebody termed as ‘a permanent government bouncing’ end and that the country starts being ruled for her own benefit. Others, however, are already wondering how long this third Cabinet is going to last. As only time will tell, for the time being, after speedy hearings in the specialized parliamentary committees, all those proposed for the ministerial seats were endorsed on Monday, and then the Cabinet was sworn in. The right-wing opposition has not managed to do anything about it, but used the Parliament stage to criticize the governing programme, the prime-ministers’ obedience to the leader of the Social Democratic Party Liviu Dragnea and the unrest triggered by the changes brought to the justice laws. The last constitutional procedure needed for the new Cabinet to officially take office was held last evening, when the members were sworn in before the country’s president Klaus Iohannis, who was not shy in voicing criticism:
“Your mission is a difficult one. Given the citizens’ decreasing trust, caused mainly by the political and administrative mistakes made by the previous governments, you will have to do something to convince them. Therefore, you start the journey with the burden of those two governments’ failure, governments that were formed by the same majority as today, and therefore you have the obligation now to make all the necessary efforts for things to start going in the right direction.”
The main goal of the new Government is to see Romania in the first half of the rankings of the strongest economies in the EU. Investments in infrastructure, higher incomes for the population, administrative reforms and cutting down on red tape are some of the main objectives of the government programme, as highlighted by the new Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, who, in her address to Parliament, said:
“As long as I am the Prime Minister, no other institution or center of power will be able to tell the Government what to do. I’m totally open to dialogue with all the political parties, in order to ensure agreement on all issues of national interest. I propose this dialogue on one condition: to keep it civil.” (Translated by M. Ignatescu)