On Wednesday, the Romanian Parliament dismissed People’s Advocate (Ombudsman) Renata Weber ahead of schedule. This was reported by the Agerpres agency. 247 deputies and senators voted for this decision, 32 against, one parliamentarian abstained, Trend reports referring to TASS.
Weber was fired by the center-right ruling coalition (the National Liberal Party, the Alliance for the Salvation of Romania and the Party of Freedom, Unity and Solidarity, and the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania), whose representatives accused her of “violating laws and the Constitution, failing to fulfill duties.” They also reproached Weber for acting in the interests of the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Representatives of the opposition (SDP and the Alliance for the Unification of Romanians), in turn, argued that the accusations against the people’s lawyer were far-fetched, but in reality the ruling coalition was paying the price of Weber for repeatedly criticizing during the pandemic the actions of the authorities that violate the rights and freedom of citizens. The SDP representatives stated that the dismissal of the people’s lawyer is illegal and will be challenged in the Constitutional Court.