Executive Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea on Friday announced having resigned his office as Minister of Public Administration and Regional Development, adding that on Monday he will also tender his resignation as PSD executive chairman.
“As I have continually said, I believe I am innocent. Nevertheless, I took note of today’s court decision and I tendered my resignation from the office of the Minister of Development to the Prime Minister. I also informed him that my resignation as the party’s executive chairman will be on the table of the party’s National Standing Bureau. I confess I do not understand what the court’s arguments were or will be; it is a decision I respect, because it is a decision of a court of law. On the other hand, my questions are still valid about how to campaign for the elections in Romania since voter turnout can be deemed ill-gotten gain,” Dragnea said at the PSD headquarters.
He claimed that this is dangerous precedent for anyone wanting to conduct an election campaign now at any level, a precedent that can affect democracy and the freedom of political parties to urge people to show up to vote.
“It could emerge in the collective subconscious the idea that voter turnout can be something wrong or condemnable,” said Dragnea, according to Agerpres.
The Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation on Friday issued a suspended one-year in prison sentence on Dragnea.
The other 74 defendants in the same case were either acquitted or sentenced to jail under suspended sentences.
The decision is not final.