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February 8, 2023

Lustration law, pros and cons

While representatives of the ruling coalition state that the lustration law comes as moral reparation for those that suffered because of the communist regime, the opposition continues to criticize it, considering it a belated measure. Speaker of the Lower Chamber Roberta Anastase stated for RFI that the lustration law that was adopted on Tuesday is “a soft version of the old law,” pointing out that MEP Monica Macovei was “one of the people that supported this draft law from the first moment.” “We are talking about moral reparation, about a moment that cannot be quantified, considering the date and time, it’s a gesture weighing heavily with symbolism. It’s a law that Romanian society has been waiting for 22 years,” she stated. On the other hand, PSD Senator Georgica Severin stated yesterday during a press conference that the law is late and useless, its only goal being that of attacking “opposition personalities” such as Ion Iliescu. Severin added that the lustration law was made “superficially” and shows that the ruling power votes without thinking. In his turn, Anti-Corruption General Prosecutor Daniel Morar said on the public radio station, RRA, that it is not normal that an entire profession to be lustrated without any judgment.

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