President calls parties to consultations

President Basescu on Friday sent a letter to parliamentary party leaders inviting them to consultations at Cotroceni Palace at noon today. Talks will focus on priority laws that are currently awaiting Parliament’s vote, including the pensions’ law, the education law, and the state budget and social insurance budget for 2011. Liberals and Conservatives immediately rejected the president’s invitation, with Social-Democrats set to decide this morning whether to attend the talks or not. “We’re not going, it’s an older decision we made. The president is not and has never acted as a mediator, in the true spirit of the Constitution, he’s acting like a party leader. Under these circumstances, we will not attend these consultations or any others whose only role is to boost his image,” Liberal spokesperson Mihai Voicu said. Conservatives too said they no longer considered Basescu as a partner for dialogue. Ruling coalition’s Democrat Liberals, Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania and the National Union for Romania’s Progress confirmed they would honour the president’s invitation.

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