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July 31, 2021

PM dismisses rumours of Gov’t reshuffle

Prime Minister Victor Ponta dismissed the rumours about a governmental reshuffle to take place next week, labelling them as mere fiction. He said on Friday as Head of Government that he does not intend to make a reshuffle, and says that, in case there are proposals to change some members of the Cabinet, these will not target PSD ministers. “I do not wish for this (reshuffle, editor’s note), if you ask me as prime minister. If you ask me as PSD leader, not ministers from PSD,” said Ponta, quoted by Mediafax. The rumours in the press are mere fiction. And so are many things rumoured lately about ministers. Nobody asked me to exchange ministers. These are fabrications, tavern gossip(…),” said the PM, inquired whether the version of a government reshuffle is taken into consideration for the week to come. Asked whether this means he received assurances from Crin Antonescu that PNL will not make other alterations in the Government’s structure, Ponta answered: “I received no assurances because we have not talked about this.”
The reshuffle was suggested by PNL leader Crin Antonescu in the context of Radu Stroe’s resignation as Minister of the Interior, following the air tragedy in Apuseni Mountains, Antonescu saying that he does not rule out a government reshuffle at the Standing Delegation on February 1 (when a replacement for Radu Stroe will be decided upon), following an evaluation process based on the way they made governmental decisions and public communication. Antonescu had changed his mind on Friday though, saying he did not have a list of liberal ministers to be replaced, either in his mind or in his pocket, adding any replacement should be viewed neither as a tragedy or shame.

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