PSD Senator Ecaterina Andronescu was sworn in as Minister of Education last night in the presence of Traian Basescu at Cotroceni Palace. The president wished her success ‘with the baccalaureate exam’ currently in progress, expressing his hope that ‘it would unfold without problems’. ‘I hope we will not start making changes to the Education Law before seeing it in operation’, the president also said, without mentioning anything about his request to Andronescu to sign an affidavit stating that she has not plagiarised. According to Ecaterina Andronescu, when they shook hands, the president told her he was aware of her public statement on the subject.
The red file
After the short ceremony, Traian Basescu handed to Victor Ponta a red file, whilst one of the members of the president’s staff covered the microphone next to them. Realitatea news channel speculated last night that the file contained a letter in which Basescu reiterated his offer to resign providing that the Parliament amends the Constitution. The president made this offer in early April, but Ponta tore up the letter in front of the Social Liberal Union members, at the joint parties’ extraordinary congress on 7 April.