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July 3, 2022

Decision on Tokes’ award withdrawl, still in limbo

Radu Beligan, Dan Grigore, Irinel Popescu, Ionel Sinescu, Serban Bradisteanu, Ioan Hollender, Dumitru Prunariu, Costin Georgescu, Mircea Geoana, Elisabeta Lipa, Razvan Ungureanu and Petre Roman are among the persons who accepted to run for the Honorary Council of the Romanian Star Order.
The list consists of 119 proposals, however only a part of the nominees accepted to run for the seven places within the Honorary Council of the “Romanian Star” National Order, a Council that was about to make a ruling last evening on the requests to withdraw the award offered to Laszlo Tokes. One of these requests was filed by PSD MEP Corina Cretu. Yesterday, before the decision, Cretu stated that Laszlo Tokes made 134 statements within the EP, statements which consisted of attacks against Romania, statements that she will forward as arguments in favor of withdrawing the award handed to him, pointing out that she would suspect “complicity” if the initiative is not finalized.
However, UDMR President Kelemen Hunor came to Tokes’s defense, pointing out on RFI that a withdrawal of the “Romanian Star” National Order would be inexpedient, stating that although he often disagrees with the statements made by the MEP freedom of expression is more important.
On July 27, MEP Laszlo Tokes asked Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban for him and the government he leads to build “a system of national cooperation” in order to offer “protectorate” to Transylvania “just like Austria did with South Tyrol.” In reply, President Basescu stated that “the person who asked for Transylvania to be placed under protectorate does not deserve being Romanian citizen.”

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