POLITICS

FM Baconschi – dismissed by PM Boc

The premier justifies his decision by evoking the Foreign Minister’s statements on protesters. The decision was announced during the extraordinary session of the Parliament. PM Boc proposes an economic and political stability pact for 2012.

‘I regret the derailments and verbal clumsiness of some of my colleagues and I am extending public apologies to the people for such assertions,’ said the prime-minister, thus explaining his decision to dismiss Minister Teodor Baconschi .

M. Baconschi could be replaced by UNPR Honourary President Cristian Diaconescu or MAE Secretary of State, Bogdan Aurescu.

Teodor Baconschi, who was attending the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, yesterday, stated on Realitatea TV that he had received the news of his revocation from the PM on the telephone, in the course of the morning.

Senators and Lower Chamber MPs met in a joint session yesterday in order to debate Romania’s political, economic and social situation.

In his speech, Premier Boc proposed to Parliament a pact for safeguarding economic and political stability, pointing out that this stability is the key to maintaining Romania’s external credibility.

In their speeches, PSD and PNL Presidents Victor Ponta and Crin Antonescu stressed the need for President Basescu to resign and for early elections to be organized as soon as possible.

USL sources quoted by Mediafax pointed out that USL leaders agreed on Monday to resort to Parliamentary strike given the ruling coalition’s refusal to accept the opposition’s demands. The option currently considered is to go on a 30-day Parliamentary strike.

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