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February 8, 2023

PM Ponta: I am going to meet the President to make new proposal for Development Minister

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday said that as soon as he has a proposal for the office of Development Minister he will have a meeting with President Klaus Iohannis on this topic.

“I am going to meet the President to make a new proposal for the office of Development Minister. As soon as we have the proposal [I shall meet with the head of state]. I want to verify all the persons I propose with the specialized institutions, so we won’t have any kind of problem,” Ponta said at Parliament on Monday, when asked if Liviu Dragnea’s resignation from the Government was sent to the Presidency.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta insisted on underscoring that the Development portfolio will not be taken over by the Liberal Reformist Party.

“They didn’t ask for it. Do you have information that they asked for it? They have two ministers, Mr Gerea and Mrs Gavrilescu, who are working on very important projects. And there won’t be a minister moving from the portfolio he/she is holding, either. We shall make a proposal,” Ponta also said.

On Friday, the judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice convicted Liviu Dragnea to a one-year suspended prison sentence with three years probation in the Referendum case. The decision is not final. On the same day, Dragnea resigned from the office of Regional Development and Public Administration Minister.

At the same time, Liviu Dragnea presented his resignation from the office of executive chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) on Monday in the PSD National Standing Bureau meeting, but a decision will be made by the PSD National Executive Committee on Wednesday.


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