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July 1, 2022

Crin Antonescu loses chairmanship of committee for the Constitution’s revision

Fomer PNL President Crin Antonescu has lost the chairmanship of the Constitution Review Commission, Realitatea TV informs. The position will most likely go to Ioan Chelaru (PSD). A new commission chairman may be appointed by the joint chambers of Parliament.

PSD Senator Ioan Chelaru said in November 2013 that he would ask Crin Antonescu, Chairman of the Constitution Review Commission, to call the members in session to reconsider the draft.

‘I will talk to Crin Antonescu and ask him to call the commission in session to finalise the second draft. It will be sent to the Venice Commission that will issue a position and then to the Constitutional Court’, PSD Senator Ioan Chelaru said. The MP claims the roadmap for the adoption of the new Constitution has changed following the Constitutional Court ruling on the referendum law. ‘Initially, the calendar contained a referendum together with the presidential election, but now it no longer fits the calendar as the law is also contested by the president of the country. I think we can actually hold the referendum sooner, but that is a USL political decision’, the PSD senator said.


PM Ponta: Antonescu should decide whether he stays chair of the committee for the Constitution’s revision


Prime minister, Victor Ponta says the former Liberal leader, Crin Antonescu is the one who should decide if he stays or not in the position of chairman of the committee for the Constitution’s revision, a job he has fulfilled when the Liberal Social Union (USL) was functional.

‘It is not me to decide. He is to decide whether he stays chairman or not. It’s his decision,’ Victor Ponta told on Monday a press conference at the Social Democrat Party (PSD) headquarters.

He reminded that the decisions regarding the composition of this committee belong to each party.

‘We’ve set our members. For the electoral laws, we have Mr. Zgonea in charge and our MPs there, for the Constitution – Mr. Chelaru and our MPs there, for the Transport Master-Plan is the Transport Minister, alongside the Minister for European Funds and the Public Finances Minister. (…) We have only set our people in charge and the wish to have a dialogue on this topic. Mr. Antonescu is a member of the PNL parliamentary group, so the decision belongs to him and to the PNL,’ Victor Ponta said.

According to Ponta, a decision regarding the fundamental law’s revision is now imperious.

‘In the rest, the discussion about persons is in the background. From the viewpoint of the PSD, of our parliamentary groups PSD-UNPR (National Union for Romania’s Progress – editor’s note) we believe we should resume talks, yet I want it to be seriously, because otherwise we remain with the demagogues only,’ added Ponta.

As for the media access to the works of the committee for the electoral system’s modification, the Prime minister said he wouldn’t give indications to the Parliament.




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