Ungureanu Gov’t gets Parliament approval with 237 votes

The Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu Government was invested by Parliament with 237 votes in favour and two against, Deputies’ Chamber Vice Speaker Ioan Oltean announced.

The vote on the ruling programme and the ministers in the Cabinet headed by Ungureanu was taken by a joint sitting of the Deputies’ Chamber and the Senate; the ballot was secret.

The new Executive needed the votes of a majority of deputies and senators, i.e. 232 votes, in order to be invested.

Romanian Prime Minister-designate Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu said on Thursday the new Government will try to restore the citizens’ confidence in the parties and stressed the greatest guarantee to this effect is holding the parliamentary and local elections as scheduled.

In an address to Parliament ahead of a vote of investiture, Ungureanu announced the top goal of his Cabinet is the country’s economic stability, with political stability being another major objective.

„The second major objective of the new Government is to ensure political stability by re-instating the respect and mutual recognition of the political parties. We must restore the citizens’ confidence in the democratic functioning of the Romanian state. The greatest guarantee we think we can offer in this respect is to ensure the legality and constitutionality of the elections as scheduled. The elections are for everybody and therefore I rely on the cooperation with the political opposition to this effect. The entire political class stands to gain if the lack of trust in the political parties is overcome and the citizens go to the ballot box in large numbers. The political class needs legitimacy and Romania needs responsible and active citizens”, Ungureanu said.

Ungureanu underscored the new Executive seeks to uproot corruption and he stressed the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) and the National Agency for Integrity (ANI) are the main pillars in this respect. He added Romania will follow the CVM guidelines and said the European Commission’s progress report released on Wednesday, Feb. 8 is a generally positive one.

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