Social Democrats on Monday assemble in extraordinary National Executive Council meeting, having on the agenda the situation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, in the context in which President Klaus Iohannis said the first option is a Government resignation following the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) request to open a criminal investigation against Victor Ponta.
In the opinion of the head of state, postponing such a decision will generate a major image issue for Romania.
Initially, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) National Standing Bureau meeting was scheduled for Monday, but following the hearing at the DNA of PSD Chairman Victor Ponta in the Sova case, the party leaders were convened in Bucharest. The meeting will take place at 15,00, at the Palace of Parliament.
The National Anti-corruption Directorate on Friday announced that prosecutors decided to open a criminal investigation against Prime Minister Victor Ponta on forgery, continued complicity to tax evasion and money laundering in a corruption case involving the legal counselling for the energy companies of Turceni and Rovinari, allegedly perpetrated by Victor Ponta when he was a lawyer.
After this announcement, Victor Ponta showed that politics is done in Parliament, not at the DNA, and pointed out he was appointed by Parliament and only Parliament can dismiss him. “I had a very correct and civil institutional talk with President Klaus Iohannis! I respect his public position, but I was appointed by Parliament and only Parliament can dismiss me! I think the observance of constitutional principles is vital for our society, and under no circumstances can I accept a DNA prosecutor is above Parliament, the Government and the citizens of this country! It would mean dictatorship, and I think that more than 25 years after 1989 it would be a major error for us all,” Ponta wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.
The PSD leaders voiced their support for the party leader, same as the Social Democrat MEPs, saying that the Government’s stability is very important for continuing Romania’s performances.
The leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats of the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, also maintains that Prime Minister Victor Ponta has no reason to resign from the Government head position.
“Romania is a sovereign state and I completely respect the independence of the Romanian authorities. However, I wish to voice my full support for Victor Ponta and for the Government he runs. I believe that over the recent years Romania has registered substantial social and economic progress and must continue on this path. Romania currently needs stability more than ever, given the regional context,” Pittella said, according to a PSD press release remitted to Agerpres on Friday.