US Charge d’Affaires suggests ‘public vote’ on lifting Romanian MPs’ immunity


A new Charge d’Affaires, Dean Thompson, would be deployed to Bucharest as of July.

Duane Butcher, the U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires to Bucharest, stated in an interview for HotNews.ro that the Romanian citizens should decide whether MPs’ immunity should be lifted, and stressed that politicians need to be aware that a corrupt country can neither be a key player on the world political stage nor maintain good relations with the United States. “The Parliament can vote to lift the immunity and let the accused face the court who will establish whether they are guilty or innocent. A further step could be organizing a public vote on the matter. Romania is the one who should decide, but a limited type of immunity would be more usual for Americans, one which covered only the statements made in the Parliamentary plenum. We believe it’s very important that no citizen be above the love,” said the U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Bucharest. “I think that by looking at the developments in Ukraine and the decline in the level of confidence in institutions, we can see why it’s so important to continue this fight for strong and independent institutions. I believe the Prime Minister understood the message very clearly,” Duane Butcher added.
He went on to announce that a new Charge d’Affaires would be deployed to Romania as of July until the new ambassador arrives, namely Dean Thompson, former General Consul to Calcutta, India and briefing manager for U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton. Dean Thompson graduated in political sciences with a focus on Russia, international security, and strategy.

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