Tariceanu: Cannot stand next to president as long as he is emblem of parallel state

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As long as the president (Klaus Iohannis, ed. n.) is the emblem of “the parallel state” I cannot stand next to him at such an important event, on Monday said the chairman of the ALDE (Alliance for Liberals and Democrats, minor at rule, ed. n.) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, trying to explain why he didn’t attend the 1 December celebrations organised by the Presidential Administration on the National Day of Romania.

“As long as the president turns a blind eye from the abuses in the judiciary, as long as he doesn’t understand that his first obligation as a president is not only to ensure the good functioning of the state institutions, but that these institutions have to protect the citizens and defend them, defend their freedoms, as long as the president is the emblem of the parallel state that has illegitimately grabbed the power in Romania and does whatever it takes to overthrow the legitimate power, I’m very sorry, I cannot stand next to such a president at an event that important,” Tariceanu told a broadcast at the private TV station Antena 3.

Besides, the ALDE leader has also criticised the speech the president Klaus Iohannis delivered at the reception organised at the Cotroceni Palace on 1 December, saying that it was “a fully political speech.”

“I saw the speech (…) it was meant to tear Romania in two. Instead of a speech with special symbolistic, since it is the day when all Romanians do unite and dream of a common ideal, the presidents finds it proper to show that there are two Romanias: one Romania belonging to him and his supporters and another Romania that is not sharing the same dreams,” Calin Popescu-Tariceanu stressed.

 

“Rule of law is still desideratum”

 

The Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu also said on Monday that the rule of law is still a “desideratum” for Romania.

“If rule of law had existed, then many things would not have happened. We would not have unauthorized rallies, we would not have teachers beaten in schools, we would not have people walking freely in the street and being assaulted right in front of the Government. If there were rule of law. The rule of law is still a desideratum and we will probably have to build something, to rebuild, to say ‘yes, Romania is comparable to the western countries’,” Tariceanu told Antena 3 private TV broadcaster.

In his opinion, the theme of the rule of law is highly politicized in the Romanian society.

“Otherwise, many slogans, very much politicizing of these things, with the effects that we see, internal effects, a state of uncertainty that some people of good faith are experiencing, because they are very misinformed and there is a massive action of misinforming them, and this happens also abroad, I have seen the two things just as well,” Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said.