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March 7, 2021

Vice PM Dragnea: We lack time for new Basescu suspension

Vice Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea said in this eastern Danube River port city on Thursday that a new procedure aimed at suspending Romania’s President Traian Basescu cannot be triggered over lack of time.

‘We lack the time for a new suspension procedure. It is of no use to initiate a new suspension procedure for two reasons: the (new) referendum law is not enforceable now, but a year since the Constitutional Court ruling, therefore in December, if I am not mistaken; this means it is not credible that there will be a certain voter turnout under the current legislation. Secondly, the Basescu regime hopefully will end in two months, should (Social Democrat Prime Minister – editor’s note) Victor Ponta win (the November presidential elections – editor’s note), because should any of Basescu’s candidates win, this regime will go on’, Dragnea said.

He made the remarks in answer to a reporter’s question about whether the Romanian constitution is not violated by Basescu’s openly expressed support for the presidential candidacy of the People’s Movement Party (PMP) leader Elena Udrea and by the president’s having met her and other PMP leaders at the presidential Cotroceni Palace on Wednesday.

Dragnea, also a Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration called the Romanian leader’s meeting with Udrea on Wednesday an ‘electoral’ one and an electoral ‘campaign sitting’. ‘We may say Elena Udrea’s presidential campaign headquarters are at Cotroceni’, he added.


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