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Vote on Mihai Razvan Ungureanu’s appointment as head of SIE on last Parliament working day

The Parliament is set to vote on President Iohannis’ proposal for the appointment of Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (MRU) as the Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) on the last working day of Parliament before recess. The joint plenary meeting will take place on Tuesday, 30 June, from 5pm, the leaders of the two Chambers decided. Before the vote, on Tuesday, MRU will be heard by the specialised Committees of Parliament.

The Social-Democratic Party (PSD) and the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR) continue together in the Government, although they will be voting differently on Ungureanu’s appointment to SIE. After three hours of talks, the Social-Democrats decided to vote against Iohannis’ proposal. The decision was announced by Rovana Plumb, Victor Ponta’s temporary replacement as head of PSD.

‘The first message we want to send out is that PSD is a united and stable party capable of solidarity, that knows what it needs to do, that acts normally from a political point of view. We have a stable time-table in place which includes the continuation of governance – this is PSD’s zero priority, we have taken clear measures, good for the people. The coalition works, it is a coalition that will continue the governance. Regarding the political decision on MRU, PSD does not support the nomination made by President Klaus Iohannis for the following reasons: 1 – It is a nomination that was made in an untransparent manner, without consultation; 2 – PSD does not waive the principle that a party should not have all the power; 3 – PSD believes he is not capable to represent the interest of the country and we also voted against the MRU Government’ , said the acting PSD President Rovana Plumb after the meeting of the National Political Bureau of the party where a decision had been made on Monday not to support M. R, Ungureanu as the Director of SIE.

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, co-President of the Liberal and Democratic Alliance (ALDE), also said his group would vote against the president’s proposal.

‘We will not vote for this proposal because, in 2012, the citizens voted for removing the Basescu regime. We cannot have one of the closest collaborators of Traian Basescu’s being appointed to head SIE. Secondly, during the election campaign we could all see just how passionate and biased he can be. A person like that has lost credibility. For SIE we need a person with a weaker political profile.

The frustration he has accumulated ever since his dismissal as prime-minister does not recommend him for this office’, Tariceanu said.

UNPR President Gabriel Oprea has told his PSD partners that he would not change his position regarding Mihai Razvan Ungureanu as the head of SIE.

‘We totally support PSD led by Victor Ponta and the Government led by Ponta. On the other hand, we have always said that we would support the president of Romania on matters of national security’.

The leader of UNPR also stated his position during the meeting of PSD’s Standing Bureau. His presence there was hailed by Rovana Plumb who is replacing Victor Ponta at the helm of the party during his period of unavailability.

PSD acting President Rovana Plumb and PSD Vrancea leader Marian Oprisan visited interim PM Gabriel Oprea at the Government on Monday. Afterwards, talks with the President of the Reforming Liberal Party, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, were also in the programme.

The talks took place after the PSD National Political Bureau had decided not to support Mihai Razvan Ungureanu’s candidacy for Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE). Monday afternoon, the Social-Democrats were yet to decide if they would vote against the proposal or would not be present during the vote at all.








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