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September 25, 2022

Basescu, Ponta reach agreement on new Government’s validation

The Gov’t will take responsibility for a new ruling programme, the President appointed yesterday the ministers granted the Parliament’s approval on Tuesday. Ministers were sworn in yesterday evening.

President Traian Basescu told a press conference yesterday at the Cotroceni Palace that he reached an agreement with Prime Minister Victor Ponta, according to which he signs the decrees appointing the new ministers, while the Government is to take responsibility before Parliament for the new governing programme.

“I hope that as I keep my word, the Government shall keep its word according to the terms we agreed. (…) If we had not reached an agreement, this period with the interim ministers would have been extended,” said the head of state, pointing out this is not a governmental crisis. “We are facing a strange situation, there are ministers who got the Parliament’s approval, and at the same time we keep interim ministers. This period would have been greatly extended,” Basescu said.

On the other hand, the President said the notification the Democratic Liberal Party and the People’s Movement Party filed with the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) on the new Government has to take its course, unless the two parties decide to withdraw their objection, and the Court has to rule on this matter because it regards a strange situation. “I believe it is extremely important that in this case, the Constitutional Court of Romania issue its ruling, because we never found ourselves in a similar situation. There have been situations when a party left the governing alliance, but this caused no change to the programme, because no new party joined the alliance and no additional protocols were signed. On top of that, the name of the parties was not an issue either,” Basescu said. “It’s important that the Court issue its ruling, especially that the PDL and PMP MPs made the same request I asked the Prime Minister,” he stressed.

After Basescu’s statement, PM Ponta also convened a press conference at Victoria Palace, confirming the Gov’t will take responsibility for a new political governing programme and saying that PDL notification at CC becomes thus objectless. Before the announcement made by the President, PM Ponta summoned the new ministers to the Government headquarters for talks before they took the oaths of office. The ministers were sworn in yesterday evening at Cotroceni Palace.

In addition, Ponta met yesterday with the ambassadors of the EU member states accredited in Bucharest, informing them that President Basescu was to appoint the new ministers yesterday evening.

The situation was very different yesterday morning when the Social Democratic Union had decided not to take responsibility, but wait for the Court’s decision on the notification filed by PDL and PMP.



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