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April 16, 2021

President Iohannis harshly criticizes Parliament for turning into a shield for Ponta, says Romania’s image is affected

President Klaus Iohannis criticises Parliament’s decision to reject the opening of a criminal investigation in the case of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, showing that the Legislature has turned into a shield for the latter and that the solution is the resignation of the head of Government.

“I maintain my point of view according to which Parliament shouldn’t hinder the act of justice. I regret that today the ruling coalition imposed a contrary decision. At the same time, I regret the fact that Parliament has turned into a protection shield for the person Victor Ponta, suspected of criminal offenses. It is a proof of maximum irresponsibility and defiance against the citizens the fact that parliamentarians making up the majority prevent justice from doing its job, are willing to destroy the institution of Parliament, as it should function in a rule of law state, and affect Romania’s image in order to politically save one single person,” Iohannis says, according to a press release the Presidential Administration sent to Agerpres.

He believes that the solution to come out of crisis is the Prime Minister’s resignation.

“The parliamentary majority refuses to accept the signal given by the citizens, which was a very clear one: put a stop to corruption, [do] politics with integrity and responsibility. I still believe that the solution to come out of the current crisis is the resignation of Mr Victor Ponta from the Prime Minister office,” the head of state maintains.


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