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‘I will not govern based on polls,’ PM Boc says

PM Emil Boc says he prefers to take unpopular but effective measures in Romania rather than make sure he does well in opinion polls. On a public television show, the PM said he could not just sit and do nothing in order to protect his image as a politician.

‘I am saying I do not rule the country based on polls because, if I did, I should not take any measure, I should just sit and do nothing and wait for miracles to fall from the sky, I should not take austerity measures and the country would be on the edge of the collapse in six months. No, I prefer to take those measures that may be tough on the present, but which will definitely be fair on the future,’ Boc explained.

The head of the Executive also reminded that he and his party and alliance colleagues had taken the responsibility of implementing measures the country needs this year, irrespective of the political costs that comes with them.

‘I have said this year must not be sacrificed for electoral considerations. (…) Each of us pays a cost. The prime-minister, who is always the scapegoat, probably pays the biggest cost. (…) As long as it is in office, this Government shall not sacrifice the interests of Romanians for political or electoral considerations, no matter whom we are talking about,’ Boc said.

An INSOMAR survey commissioned out by Realitatea TV and published on Monday shows PM Emil Boc has suffered a drastic fall in respect of public confidence in politicians, losing 20 per cent since January.

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