The effects of the negative vote on the motion to bring down the government were intensely felt throughout the day on Thursday. Most headlines on Friday refer to the possibility of having Ion Iliescu - former head of Social Democrats and former Romania president - as well as former PM Adrian Nastase expelled from their party.
Social Democrat leaders (PSD) formulate the charges against two former party leaders, Ion Iliescu and Adrian Nastase, for causing the anti-government motion to fail in the Parliament. The top leaders of the party seem to be sure that the two will be expelled.
The first victims of the motion's failure were Iliescu's "lieutenants", who also voted against the motion, and were first stripped of any political support. Final decisions will be reached during a special meeting on Saturday, Evenimentul Zilei reads.
In Cotidianul, the statements for the press say it all. Mircea Geoana: "Ion Iliescu should feel ashamed (...) The man who had so much to say in Social Democracy received applauses from the Tariceanu cabinet and all the Liberals".
Ion Iliescu answered on the spot: "Geoana and the other vice presidents are a bunch of intruders that climbed to some positions and now try to put some order in the party (...). Who is Geoana to exclude me from the party? These are people who joined the party when the party was strong... It's degrading. There are people without any common sense!", said Iliescu for Cotidianul.
But, in the middle of all the fuss, strange things continue to happen. Behind the motion's smoke curtain, PM Tariceanu makes a move that will stir a lot of controversies and discontent.
The first decision of the Tariceanu government, after the anti-governmental motion, was to block the activity of the presidential commission in charge with recommending criminal investigations against ministers.
(Note: In the Romanian legal systems, when prosecutors are about to open a criminal file against a minister still in office or a former minister, the file is presented to a special presidential commission.)
The National Anti-Graft Prosecution Office (DNA) demanded the presidential commission to analyze files against Justice Minister Tudor Chiuariu, Labor Minister Paul Pacuraru, former PM Adrian Nastase, former Defense Minister Victor Babiuc and former Transport Minister Miron Mitrea, Evenimentul Zilei reads.
"Liberals and the Hungarian minority continued to celebrate the victory. But first, Tariceanu's team dealt with a problem that made many ministers shiver: the ministerial responsibility", Gandul informs.
The presidential commission that decides whether the criminal investigation against a minister is opened or not will be formed, from now on, by judges approved by the Supreme Magistrature Council.