Social Democrat (PSD) MP Miron Mitrea announced on Sunday he will retire from politics and consequently give up his affiliation to PSD. He announced both his resignation from the party, which should come into force on January 1, and his resignation from Parliament, from the office of Deputy Speaker of the Lower Chamber. “It’s true,” Miron Mitrea said on Sunday at the Parliament Palace, when asked if he made this announcement at the meeting of PSD’s National Executive Committee. “Entering and retiring from politics are personal decisions. So, I have decided to retire from politics, from the party and the Parliament,” said Miron Mitrea, pointing out this will happen starting with the new parliamentary sitting. His resignation came shortly after Victor Ponta threatened to exclude the MPs that will not vote in favor of the new government. According to sources quoted by Realitatea TV, during PSD’s National Executive Committee meeting he allegedly told the MPs that whoever does not attend the meeting in Parliament or votes against the new government will be excluded from the party.
It seems Mitrea’s decision to retire from politics is allegedly caused by his court case and in order to be an example for those who have legal problems, Mitrea stating during the National Executive Committee meeting that he does not want to affect PSD’s image, Romania TV informs quoting Mediafax.
Miron Mitrea was sentenced to two years in jail in October but the ruling is not final. He is accused of receiving a bribery of EUR 300,000 while he was Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing within Adrian Nastase’s government. The bribe took the form of construction works on a house belonging to his mother. The illicit gain allegedly came from Irina Jianu, the head of the State Constructions Inspectorate (ISC), in return for appointing and maintaining her in the office of deputy inspector general and inspector general within ISC.