National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Ludovic Orban stated on Monday at the Palace of Parliament that the party he leads is sympathetic with civil society’s street protests for the independence of the judicial system and the continuation of the anticorruption fight, and asked PSD not to endorse the bill amending the judiciary laws, which he called the creation of the “trio which is toxic for the judiciary”: Iordache, Serban Nicolae and Eugen Nicolicea.
“PNL is sympathetic with civil society’s street protests for the independence of the judiciary, for the continuation of the anticorruption fight, for integrity in public office. PNL is fighting in Parliament to prevent the adoption of any legal provision that would affect the independence of the judiciary, that would hinder the activity of the judiciary in the anticorruption fight and that would affect the citizens’ rights and fundamental liberties. I point out that we, as a party, are ready at any moment to resort to forms of protests in our turn too, which would include public protests, marches, meetings or other types of street actions,” Ludovic Orban stated.
The PNL leader said that the Liberals are not planning to politicise the protests by endorsing them.
“You’ve seen very clearly that we made no kind of attempt to politicise these movements. We encouraged the party’s sympathisers, members, to support, to take part in these forms of protests because PNL’s position is similar to the position expressed by Romanian citizens who took part in these forms of protest. Likewise, we consider that public protests, marches, meetings, demonstrations, are necessary because solely at parliamentary level – bearing in mind the parliamentary arithmetic – it is very difficult to be able to prevent the adoption of the ruling party’s noxious proposals not only in the field of justice but also in what concerns the economic chaos that exists,” he added.
Orban asked PSD not to endorse the bill amending the judiciary laws.
“I’m asking the ruling party not to endorse the bill amending the judiciary laws, which is in fact the creation of that trio that is toxic for the judiciary – Iordache, Serban Nicolae and Nicolicea –, which expresses a conservative point of view, a point of view that would send us 20 years back in time. The fact that we will organise such protests does not affect in any way the public expression of the will of any Romanian citizen who files for a protest permit,” the PNL leader concluded.
Iordache: There’s either great disinformation or those who are protesting don’t know the laws. If we protest, let’s also look at the laws
Social Democratic Party (PSD) Lower House lawmaker and ex-Justice Minister Florin Iordache stated on Monday that the people who protested on Sunday evening do not know what the draft amendments to the judiciary laws are saying. Iordache claimed that “there’s either great disinformation or those who are protesting don’t know the laws.”
“There’s either great disinformation or those who are protesting don’t know the laws, because the two problems invoked… the one concerning the appointment and dismissal of prosecutors, we stipulated that the President should be the one who has the final signature; in what concerns the Judicial Inspection, we stipulated that the institution should be independent. So, I repeat, if we protest, let’s also look at the laws,” Iordache told journalists.