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February 9, 2023


PSD President Victor Ponta is of the opinion that the validation by the Senate of the list of elected CSM members demonstrates that ‘reason and common sense’ have won the battle against President Traian Basescu’s ‘political orders’. He also said that it was both condemnable and outrageous that, in 2010, President Traian Basescu and the people of PDL ‘still think the judiciary should be politically subordinated to them’.

PNL leader Crin Antonescu, in turn, commented on the Senate’s vote by pointing out that there had been at least six representatives of the political majority who voted differently than President Basescu wanted to impose on them, meaning that ‘they know where things should normally stand’. ‘By the vote of the Senate, even people in the pro-presidential majority showed the president that the problem cannot be with CSM’, Antonescu stated.

In a press release issued yesterday, CSM states the mandate of the current Council expires six years after its constitution meeting of January 12, 2005. The institution thus denies the theory that the date of the publication of the Senate’s decision validating the list of CSM members in the Official Journal is the moment when their terms begin. CSM supports its position with a number of legal provisions in force.

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