Traian Basescu stated for Gandul Live that if Victor Ponta continues to have “ambiguous approaches as he does now” then Gabriel Oprea will find the reason to tell him he will leave the government, the former president adding that he sees another coalition and that “if it’s for the national interests, Oprea will do it.”
Referring to another possible ruling coalition, former president Traian Basescu stated that it depends “on Victor Ponta’s attitude and decisions.”
“If Ponta decides that the Government should stay in place then Oprea will stay in place. If however he continues to have ambiguous approaches as he does now and he continues to leave Oprea in ambiguity… then Oprea will find the reason to tell him he will leave,” Basescu stated, pointing out that he sees “another coalition.”
“I see another coalition. If it’s for the national interest, Oprea will do it,” Basescu said smilingly.
On UNPR’s vote for Ungureanu: Unfair, you don’t play into the hands of a president who errs
Traian Basescu stated on Friday for Gandul Live that it did not seem fair to him for UNPR to vote in Parliament in favour of appointing Mihai Razvan Ungureanu at the helm of SIE, being of the opinion that Gabriel Oprea “betrayed his allies” and “played into the hands of a president who erred by appointing persons close to him at the intelligence services.”
Asked about Gabriel Oprea, former president Traian Basescu stated that he had “a fair political relation” with him.
“The office of premier clearly does not suit him. If there is a domain in which he can be useful that is national security, without him being the biggest national security expert. To put him at the top of the government is a mistake, he has no kind of economic training and experience. He understands nothing from the economy,” the former president added.
Likewise, asked for his comment on UNPR’s vote on the appointment of Mihai Razvan Ungureanu at the helm of SIE, Traian Basescu stated it did not seem fair to him.
“I didn’t find it fair. In the name of national interest, to play into the hands of a president who erred by appointing persons close to him at the intelligence services. The mistake (of President Klaus Iohannis – editor’s note) is that he has appointed persons close to him at the intelligence services, Hellvig and Ungureanu, although I do not doubt the qualities of either of them. The actions of the intelligence services will be pinned on him (on the president – editor’s note). (…) He will be reproached with the fact that persons close to him are heads of the intelligence services,” the former head of state added, expressing his “content” with the appointment of Mihai Razvan Ungureanu at the helm of SIE.
Referring to Gabriel Oprea, Traian Basescu also stated that “the national interest cannot be used as a raincoat.”
“If you wanted to serve the national interests you would have fought for highways. If he was so fond of the national interest he would have fought in order for Romania not to lose EUR 7.9 bln. The national interests cannot be used as a raincoat. He has now betrayed his ally. (…) It is very clear for me that Gabriel Oprea has resorted to betrayal while hiding under the national interest raincoat. The national interest does not hang on an appointment,” the former president added.
He also stated that Gabriel Oprea “has betrayed his ruling coalition partners” when voting for Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, based on interests “other than the national interest.”
“You have to take into account Oprea’s inconsistencies and some lack of intelligence in the use of the term national interest. He has betrayed his partners based on interests other than the national interest. Time will tell,” Basescu said.
“I will continue to be PMP partner, but not the party’s leaders, I am a worn-out leader”
Former president Traian Basescu stated on Friday for Gandul Live that he will continue to be a partner for the Popular Movement Party (PMP), a part that “has vitality, resources,” however he does not want to be its leader.
Asked about his political future, the former president said he will continue to be a partner for PMP, which “has vitality, resources,” however he does not want to be the party’s leader.
“I don’t want to. I have been a leader long enough. I am a worn-out leader. Politics needs newer leaders,” Basescu stated.
Likewise, asked whether he will get involved in next year’s elections campaign, Basescu said he will do so “only if it benefits someone, namely PMP.”
“I have never asked Coldea about any investigation targeting Elena Udrea”
Former president Traian Basescu stated he never asked Coldea about an investigation targeting Elena Udrea and that there were no denunciations against her during his term in office.
“I never asked Coldea about an investigation targeting Elena Udrea. While I was in office there were no denunciations against Elena Udrea. I know that she was summoned only as a witness in the midst of the campaign, it concerned some investments in Piatra Neamt, but she was never indicted while I was in office,” Basescu said.
Asked what makes him believe Elena Udrea is one hundred per cent innocent, Traian Basescu answered: “I’m not saying this, but I know she did not take the money bag. But the story told that there was an investor, a company executive, he gave a bag to the secretary, the secretary did not see whether the money was in the bag… The one who gave the money says the money were for the general secretary, not for Udrea. (…) I don’t believe she was at the ministry at that time. The logs were checked and she was not at the ministry. In court she will probably say where she was.”
“I will continue asking questions if the performance of arrests restarts”
Asked at Gandul Live, about the support he had granted to Head Prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi, Traian Basescu declared: “I will continue asking questions if the performance of arrests restarts. I was always against preventive arrests, with some exceptions. I am an adversary of preventive arrests when they concern things that happened a long time ago. A man, regardless of whether he is a politician or a regular guy, is an insect in front of state institutions. If DNA, SRI, the Court of Auditors leash out against him, he is an insect. His only defence is the respect for human rights. If that man benefits of no respect for human rights, he is crushed. We see it happening in the case of politicians, whom the Romanians dislike, but also in the case of regular people, yet we are not informed about them”.
Asked whether he accused Kovesi of this, Basescu replied” “Yes, she is the head of the institution”.
On financing electoral campaigns: “There is no clean party”
Former President Traian Basescu has declared on Friday for Gandul Live that there was no clean party and that candidates are not the ones handling the financing of electoral campaigns, yet, they carry the moral responsibility.
There is no clean party. The candidates are not the people who handled the financing; nonetheless, they carry the moral responsibility of it”, Basescu declared.
Asked whether all parties are financed by black money, the ex-President replied: “Yes, they are”.
At the question whether it was a self denounce, the former Head of the State replied: “I saw the statement made by Mr. Cocos, that he has financed part of my campaign in 2009. My campaign had cost RON 18.5 million, which is over EUR 4 million at the respective rate of exchange. The last campaign has cost less than half of it for both candidates (editor’s note: Victor Ponta and Klaus Iohannis.) The things are dirty, concerning of electoral campaigns and we should have a zero moment.”
Referring to the financing of his electoral campaign by Dorin Cocos, Traian Basescu declared that he knew no details about the financing operations of the campaign, pretending that “no candidate knows many things because it is none of their business.”
“Ghita was Ponta’s partner and one of the financers of his campaign”
Ex-President Traian Basescu declared on Friday for Gandul Live that Sebastian Ghita has been one of Victor Ponta’s partners and, “probably”, one of the supporters of his campaign.
Asked whether he knew Deputy Sebastian Ghita, the former President declared that he thought he had had two accidental encounters with him, and at the question whether he thought Ghita was the man behind Victor Ponta, Basescu replied: “He was one of Victor Ponta’s partners, definitely; and perhaps one of the financers of his campaign. (…) But Ghita could not have supported that campaign in its entirety.”
At the comment made by the show host that Sebastian Ghita was one of the winners of auctions in the field of IT, the ex-President declared that, during the time he was President he had started discussing this problem in the Supreme Council of Country Defence (CSAT).
“I had had information about Ghita’s luck in winning auctions and, just so you know, I even raised the topic at CSAT two or three times. (…) He had won auctions at institutions subordinated to CSAT”, Basescu declared, adding that there was nothing more he could do.
“What more can you do? The President is not the one organizing auctions”, Basescu declared, mentioning, at the same time, that Sebastian Ghita was a lucky man in his contracts with the state but “he is less lucky now”.
“Am I supposed to know why he lost his luck? Fact is that he is less lucky now. (…) I have always suspected that he benefited of certain support, but I have no proof about it. I am not willing to say anything more”, Basescu stated.