Resigning Minister of Regional Development Liviu Dragnea has stated on Saturday, in Targu-Jiu, that his resignation is an act of dignity, emphasizing that he is still firmly maintaining his innocence.
Asked how he comments on the statements made by President Klaus Iohannis according to which the resignation is an adequate response to the sentence received, Liviu Dragnea stated that the sentence is profoundly unjust, yet he respects it. Furthermore, he mentioned that through the sentence a dangerous precedent was created for anyone campaigning in Romania.
“My resignation is an act of dignity, I continue to firmly maintain my innocence, I believe this sentence is profoundly unjust for me, but it is a decision of the court that I respect, I have always said it and I say it now too, a dangerous precedent was created for anyone who wants to campaign in Romania which means, among other things, to call on people to vote. (…) I don’t know what a citizen in Gorj or in Suraia did, but what was their connection to me? I, on that day, but precisely on that day, had all the institutions at my disposal and I was a dictator with a million buttons to press? That is what the discussion is about, and also about the fact that voter turnout can be considered an ill-gotten gain, that has made all politicians in Romania think if politics and campaigning can still be done”, said Liviu Dragnea, according to Agerpres.
Referring to his membership in the Social Democrat Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea stated that he will remain a member of the political party, mentioning that “it is not a crime yet to be part of the PSD”.
Liviu Dragnea announced his resignation, on Friday, as Development Minister and added that he will submit on Monday his resignation as PSD executive chairman, following his one year suspended prison sentence, received in the Referendum case.
Iohannis, regarding Dragnea case: Withdrawal from Government is adequate response to sentence
President Klaus Iohannis has stated on Saturday that he has not discussed with the Prime Minister about a proposal for the Government positions that Liviu Dragnea has resigned from and deemed his withdrawal from the Executive as an “adequate response to the sentence”.
“I have not discussed yet, probably today, at the latest on Monday, we will have a discussion on the topic. However, the withdrawal from Government seems to me to be an adequate response to the sentence”, said Iohannis when asked if up until now he had a discussion with Prime Minister Victor Ponta regaridng a proposal to replace Liviu Dragnea in the Government.