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February 4, 2023

ACL calls on Ponta to resign PM office, drop presidential bid

The Christian Liberal Alliance (ACL) of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) is calling on Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign office and drop his presidential bid, PNL Spokesperson Alina Gorghiu told a press conference on Tuesday.
‘Given that Victor Ponta is surrounded by people whom the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) suspects of having set up a crime ring for despicable corruption offences, we are calling on Victor Ponta to resign his prime ministerial office in order to avoid further damage to Romania’s picture at home and especially abroad,’ said Gorghiu, as quoted by Agerpres.
ACL also asks Ponta, the national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), major at rule, to convince other PSD MPs investigated by DNA to follow MP Viorel Hrebenciuc’s suit and resign their MP seats.
‘I am asking Ponta to convince the other PSD MPs to follow Hrebenciuc’s normal gesture, namely to demand Ecaterina Andronescu and MP Adam as well as all the other MPs investigated in criminal probes to resign,’ said Gorghiu.
She argued that PSD MPs are blocking justice.
‘We are now in an instance that followed yesterday’s approach by the PSD members in Chamber of Deputies’ plenary session and today’s judicial committee’s meeting that has no bearing on the rule of law and the freedom for justice to work,’ said Gorghiu.
ACL is also urging Ponta to meet all his PSD colleagues convince them that the quorum needed for the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies to discuss lifting the immunity of MPs investigated by DAN has to be secured.
‘I am asking the PSD national leader and presidential candidate, who has allowed the entire corruption inside PSD to show up to vote and do so openly. From ACL’s point of view, the offences of the PSD heavyweights are a serious threat against democracy and the consolidated rule of law in Romania,’ said Gorghiu.

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