PM defends local tycoons investigated for corruption

Ponta: Duicu, Prioteasa and others face problems only because they are from counties where PSD has good position.

PSD leader Victor Ponta said yesterday that he will not forsake chairman of Mehedinti County Council and other leaders of county councils under DNA radar, who encounter problems “only because they are from counties where PSD has a very good position,” and says that mayor Gheorghe Stefan has no problem anymore once he jumped ship to the Popular Movement Party (PMP).
“I believe we will take more votes, as people know better. I will not forsake either Adrian Duicu or Prioteasa (chairman of Dolj County Council Ion Prioteasa, under criminal investigation in a file regarding fake tender bids), or the others who, only because they come from counties where PSD has a very good position, have problems, we all had known that very well, we had known this is going to happen till November,” said the PM. Inquired by the press whether he insinuates by these statements that those persons are the victims of pressures, Ponta claimed he does not insinuate anything, but made a reference to “mister Penalti,” mayor of Piatra Neamt Gheorghe Stefan who has no problems with justice anymore after jumping ship to PMP supported by President Basescu.
“I only tell you what I noticed in your breaking news some time ago, «Investigations at Piatra Neamt at the mayoralty» after which mister «Penalti», who is however a nice person whom I appreciate, jumped ship to PMP and has no problem now whatsoever. What should I do now? Tell Duicu to go to PMP too? No, that is the situation,” added Ponta. Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled the preventive arrest for 30 days of chairman of Mehedinti County Council Adrian Duicu, chief of Police County Inspectorate Mehedinti Stefan Ponea and businessman Constantin Popescu, chairman of PSD Orsova, in a file where they are accused of corruption.
Children could start school at 5
In another train of thoughts, Victor Ponta on Monday said he was in favour of an institutionalized system in which children should be integrated earlier than in the present system and he explained such a move already exists both at a European and global level.
Discussions with the World Bank and UNICEF, he said, target ‘the age at which education should be compulsory. The preparatory grade had also stirred a lot of discussion in the beginning, until we little by little managed to get the parents used and the system infrastructure be capable of receiving the preparatory grade. Talks are being held today at a European and global level that all children should be in an institutionalized education system from the age of five and I think such a decision should not be made by the government or the education ministry only. I think it is a very important decision that relates the mentality in Romania as well. The grandparents are used to stay with the children at home for a longer time, to keep them longer,’ Ponta told the 7th Conference for Education of the World Bank – Europe and Central Asia. He underscored it is very important that those who have children below five years of age and those who are going to have children should know which is the system to be applied in the next 20 years.

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