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April 21, 2021

SRI Chief George Maior: After the presidential elections is normal to submit my resignation

The Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) director, George Cristian Maior on Friday said in Timisoara that after the presidential elections he would submit his resignation from his position to the President-elect, deeming that this is normal and specifying that he was never asked to become Prime Minister, reports Agerpres.
‘From my point of view, I’ll go to the new president, table my resignation and it will be at his disposal to appreciate if my activity at the head of this service was appropriate and could go on or he should make another decision. I have no problem from this viewpoint’, George Maior said.
Answering a question by the reporters, he highlighted that the intelligence services should not interfere in politics no matter what, yet in the electoral campaigns in particular those with such a great stake the political discourses bring to the public attention the intelligence services too.
‘The intelligence services should not implicate at all , to make myself clear. Unfortunately, you see, in the context of any electoral campaign, especially at this highest, strategic level, for the President, the political discourse brings to attention, unfortunately, the intelligence services too, yet the SRI does only act within the parameters of independence and neutrality, it stays far from this political fight. We are not interested in the outcome, we are only interested to do our job well, even under these circumstances’, the SRI chief says.
He added that as for him he was never proposed to and never discussed with anybody to become Prime Minister of Romania’s Government, and that in a democracy it is normal that the future president nominates the SRI chief.
Ponta: ‘With his training and experience, I don’t believe he will end up jobless’
PM Victor Ponta said on Friday he didn’t believe George Maior ‘would end up jobless’, adding he would talk about the option of appointing him as prime minister when the time came.
‘I don’t believe Mr. Maior, about whom I am naturally somehow subjective as we know one another very well and we have a very good personal relationship, setting aside this strictly subjective part, I believe Mr. Maior, both as a Senator, before and as Director of SRI has brought SRI a balance and prestige that was very important to Romania as a whole. I know he is very appreciated, much more than the president of the country, for example, in Washington, Brussels or Berlin by our strategic partners and I can only say that he, like Mr. Melescanu, like Mr. Ungureanu when he was the head of SIE, is someone who fulfilled a difficult task very well. For the rest, regarding what’s going to be after election, I believe that, with his training and experience, he is not going t end up jobless – this is what I think. About the possibility that Mr. Maior may become prime minister we will talk when the time comes’, the premier said during a working visit.

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