Romania parliament approves new intelligence services head despite ruling party boycott

By bne IntelliNews July 1, 2015

bne IntelliNews -

 

The Romanian parliament on June 30 voted in favour of appointing Mihai Razvan Ungureanu as head of the foreign intelligence services SIE, despite a boycott from the country’s senior ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD).

PSD, which had announced it would not support the nominee as he is too close to the centre-right parties currently in opposition, decided not to attend the meeting, hoping that in this way the necessary quorum would not be met.

However, UNPR, a key junior ruling party, not only attended the meeting but supported Ungureanu for the position. Ungureanu was backed by 278 of the 289 present MPs. A quorum of 278 MPs was needed for the vote. The Romanian parliament has a total of 554 seats.

UNPR’s move is likely to increase tensions within the ruling coalition and may even lead to its rupture and the formation of a new majority in parliament.

Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, a former Romanian prime minister, foreign affairs minister and head of SIE, was nominated for the position by President Klaus Iohannis. The interim prime minister, Gabriel Oprea, has repeatedly stressed that he and his party UNPR would support President Iohannis in his decisions, including the nomination of SIE head, irrespective of the identity of the nominee.

The co-president of the main opposition National Liberal Party (PNL), Alina Gorghiu, has previously indicated that the nomination of the SIE head is a step towards the formation of a new ruling coalition. She did not explain further at the time, but most likely she was referring to the shift of the junior ruling party from the incumbent ruling coalition to PNL.

Following the vote, Rovana Plumb, who has temporarily replaced Prime Minister Victor Ponta as the head of PSD, said the coalition will continue to function until November 2016, when the next general elections are due, Agerpres news agency reported.

“The coalition is functional, but, of course, when Victor Ponta returns we will have a discussion within the coalition so that until November 2016 there is coherence in our political actions,” Plumb said.

The Romanian prime minister is currently on medical leave in Turkey following knee surgery.

Related Articles

Macedonia kept on hold as Balkans edges towards EU goal

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest -   Macedonia’s EU accession progress remains stalled amid the country’s worst political crisis in 14 years, while most countries in the Southeast Europe region have ... more

Romania’s Dacia changes gear

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest - Automaker Dacia has been highly successful in exporting to markets across Europe and the Mediterranean area since its takeover by Renault in 1999, but the small ... more

INTERVIEW: Romania’s Fortech prepares for next growth stage

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest - In the last 12 years, Fortech has grown into one of Romania’s largest IT outsourcing companies – a home-grown contender in a market increasingly populated by ... more

Register here to continue reading this article and 2 more for free or purchase 12 months full website access including the bne Magazine for just $119/year.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

To continue viewing our content you need to complete the registration process.

Please look for an email that was sent to with the subject line "Confirmation bne IntelliNews access". This email will have instructions on how to complete registration process. Please check in your "Junk" folder in case this communication was misdirected in your email system.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and magazine

Subscribe to bne IntelliNews website and monthly magazine, the leading source of business, economic and financial news and commentary in emerging markets.

Your subscription includes:
  • Full access to the bne content daily news and features on the website
  • Newsletters direct to your mailbox
  • Print and digital subscription to the monthly bne magazine
  • Digital subscription to the weekly bne newspaper

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

bne IntelliNews
$119 per year

All prices are in US dollars net of applicable taxes.

If you have any questions please contact us at sales@intellinews.com

Register for free to read bne IntelliNews Magazine. You'll receive a free digital subscription.

Already a subscriber or registered - click here to recover access.

If you a IntelliNews Pro user - click here to login.

Thank you. Please complete your registration by confirming your email address.
A confirmation email has been sent to the email address you provided.

IntelliNews Pro offers daily news updates delivered to your inbox and in-depth data reports.
Get the emerging markets newswire that financial professionals trust.

"No day starts for my team without IntelliNews Pro" — UBS

Thank-you for requesting an IntelliNews Pro trial. Our team will be in contact with you shortly.

Dismiss