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November 15, 2019

Johannis wants to be both premier and mayor

The mayor of Sibiu in the last nine years restated yesterday, in a press conference, that he would not give up the position of mayor if he is designated to manager the government. Klaus Johannis requested a respite of half a year in which he would decide whether he wants in Bucharest or in Sibiu. He said that there is now a law article which allows him to maintain the position of mayor for a period of six months, as he has requested, after his appointment as premier. The mayor of Sibiu also declared that “the chance to fail of a possible government” headed by him is small, but it must be taken into account, and so, if the “whole construction” does not work, he will leave. “Nobody has attempted so far such a construction in Romania, a political government with an independent mayor. Such combinations are attempted very seldom in the world, but in a young democracy like ours it is definitely a very interesting project. I believe in it, I believe that it has chances of success, but nobody can guaranty that it works,” Johannis said, quoted by Mediafax.

Referring to the portfolios from the future government, Sibiu mayor declared on Wednesday evening, on Antena 3, that they will be negotiated subject to a political protocol. He avoided giving more details about the membership of the future government, saying that together with Crin Antonescu and Mircea Geoana he decided to not discuss these details. On another hand, political sources declared for the daily ‘Gandul’ that the future government, from the point of view of the political composition, will consist of nine ministries for PSD, seven for PNL and two for UDMR.

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