Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Friday he would submit the mandate of prime minister if he had the guarantee that President-elect Klaus Iohannis would appoint a prime minister from the current coalition and if existed the idea of a clear majority by 2016. “Technically speaking, it was something I would have done it for sure, whether some traditions that exist in Western countries would apply to us, too. That is, more directly ,and I told to my colleagues, that- if I make sure that the president in office Mr. Basescu and future president, Mr. Iohannis would say ‘I understand, I appoint a prime minister from the current coalition ‘- I go tomorrow and I submit my mandate of prime minister , I would do that. I think it would be great to have a new prime minister,” Ponta told DCNews. He pointed out that, according to the Romanian political tradition, the President appoints his prime minister, even skipping a parliamentary majority, as it happened often. Asked to say explicitly if he would submit mandate whether Iohannis appointed a prime minister from the current coalition, Ponta replied: “That would be normal, because beyond the act of governing, which I appreciate as meeting the essential points in the first two years, beyond that, I ran for president and lost, this is a personal responsibility”.
“Further, if exists the idea of a clear majority in 2016, I think we could continue with another prime minister,” said Ponta. He stressed that the idea of continuing governing is not related to his person and said that he mentioned this also during the CExN meeting on Thursday.”In case of such a discussion, yes, I believe we can continue with the same majority, with another prime minister. The idea of continuing governing is not related to me, but is related to the majority ,to the political agenda and to the votes that we have achieved in 2012, ” Ponta told DCNews.