The leader of PSD, Prime-Minister Victor Ponta, said on Romania TV on Sunday, after President Klaus Iohannis’ announcement that he might challenge the changes made by Parliament on the Criminal Code before the Constitutional Court (CCR), that it was all ‘Securitate propaganda’, according to stiripesurse.ro.
‘Let us not be in a confusion that is still about the propaganda. He probably had in mind a draft law changing the Criminal code which was adopted by the Senate 90 to 20 votes. I am informing you that PSD has not 90 senators, which can only mean that a total of 90 senators from all parties, 90 to 20, this story about PSD wanting to… we cannot change a law and in no way have we 90 senators. The fact that each time I speak about governance and PNL hardly exists is Securitate propaganda. How could we have gathered 90 votes? Let’s be serious, the situation is not at all like that’, Victor Ponta said.
Asked if in his capacity as the PSD leader he could ask his MPs to reject the bill, Ponta said: ‘You are dead wrong. I do go to Parliament asking for its support for the government measures, but I do not give them orders, on the contrary. If you think we are still in Basescu’s time, who had a party that had been trained as circus animals, you are wrong. If you think I could have had those 90 senators vote against it, you are overestimating me’.
President Klaus Iohannis said in an interview offered to German public television ARD that ‘currently, Romania is in a phase of intense anti-corruption effort (…) when the laws should not be changed’. Iohannis refers to the proposed changes of the Criminal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure that have been adopted by the Romanian Senate. The President said the amendments were not at all welcome at that point in time and that he was ‘seriously considering’ challenging them before the Constitutional Court if adopted by Parliament.