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May 17, 2022

Orban denies any connection between PNL’s political demarche to file the censure motion and DNA’s activity

National Liberal Party (PNL) Deputies’ leader Ludovic Orban on Friday said that there is “no connection whatsoever” between filing the censure motion by the Liberals and “what happens in the DNA [the National Anti-corruption Directorate] activity.”

“There is no connection whatsoever between the PNL’s political demarche, which was decided on in the National Council meeting two weeks ago [the filing of the censure motion] and what happens in the DNA activity. We don’t have information concerning what happened at the DNA, we don’t make comments on the undergoing investigation. Our objective, as political party, is to put an end to Ponta governance, using the democratic, constitutional means,” Orban said at the Palace of Parliament.

He added that it “can only be a coincidence” that the DNA summoned Ponta for hearings on the same day that the Liberals filed a censure motion in Parliament.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Friday upon exiting the DNA headquarters said that he was a suspect in Dan Sova’s case.

“I am a suspect in Mr Sova’s case for my activity as a lawyer in 2007-2008. Moreover, I am in a conflict of interest situation for having proposed Mr Sova for the minister office. (…) I came to the DNA as any regular citizen. I haven’t made any declaration. We will be called for declarations,” the Prime Minister said.

The liberals filed a motion to censure the Ponta Government on Friday, with the office of the Chamber of Deputies Speaker, Valeriu Zgonea, as well as with the office of the Senate Speaker, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.


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