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August 12, 2022

Basescu slams Parliament procedures

President Traian Basescu stated on Monday that the Parliament’s law adoption procedure has to be modified because the “dictatorship” of the Speakers of the two Chambers that sign laws sent to be promulgated despite knowing the conditions in which they had been adopted cannot continue, Mediafax informs.

“That is why I say it publicly: the law adoption procedure has to be modified. This would also stimulate Parliamentary activity. Only thus would we have full attendance in Parliament, would we see who are the MPs committed to contributing to the improvement of a draft law, only thus would the MPs have the feeling of belonging to that institution,” Basescu stated. His comments come against the backdrop in which there lately have been a series of voting irregularities in both Chambers of Parliament. Thus, last week the ruling coalition MPs voted “by mistake” in favour of two draft laws that the opposition approved of: one lowering the VAT for staple foodstuffs to 5 per cent and another stipulating tax exemption for pensions smaller than RON 2,000. On Monday President Basescu stated that he has not received the two laws for promulgation, pointing out that he will express his point of view with alacrity and that he will adopt a position in accordance with the national interest not a populist position. Commenting the President’s statements, PSD leader Victor Ponta stated yesterday that Basescu “admitted the fraud that Roberta Anastase com­mitted” when the pensions’ law was adopted within the Lower Cham­ber. “Given this, Basescu has the obligation to accept the opposition’s legitimate demand to have Roberta Anastase replaced as Speaker of the Lower Chamber,” he added. Roberta Anastase refused making any comments on the President’s statements.

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