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August 5, 2021

Speculation about Blaga’s real motives

National newspapers also allocated a lot of coverage to the change at the helm of the Interior Ministry, most trying to figure out what was actually behind Blaga’s resignation. Daily ‘Romania libera’ noted that Basescu and Blaga fell apart for two major reasons: the former minister’s failure to thoroughly reform his institution’s intelligence department (DGIPI, often caught at the heart of various political scandals) and his complicated ties to many opposition politicians. ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ included the resignation on the list of victories of a new wing inside PDL, which began with a government reshuffle earlier this month, when several relatively unknown party members all of a sudden became ministers. The newspaper says this new wing is rallied around Tourism and Regional Development Minister Elena Udrea, Arad Mayor Gheorghe Falca (who supported Igas for the interior minister job) and Brasov Mayor George Scripcaru. In an article called “Basescu Republic,” daily ‘Jurnalul Natio­nal’ notes that by appointing Igas as interior minister, the head of state managed to take control of “the last institution that had a grain of independence.”

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