The uncertainty of the time Prime Minister Victor Ponta will return from Turkey continues in the absence of any official information. The press runs and circulates merely source-based rumours and PSD members have mixed opinions when discussing the Prime Minister’s return to the country.
Official sources have declared a few days ago for Mediafax that the Prime Minister wanted to attend on July 11 the opening of the customs Nadlac (Romania) – Csanadpalot (Hungary), but his presence to the respective event was conditioned by doctors’ approval, who would examine him again next week.
In the meantime, the Social Democrat Party announced in the weekend that the Permanent National Bureau (BPN) of the Party would reunite on Monday, in a meeting presided once again by interim leader Rovana Plumb.
PSD leader, Prime Minister Victor Ponta, was admitted on June 14 to Medipol University Hospital in Istanbul, where he underwent left knee surgery one day later.
Last Sunday, Victor Ponta had declared for B1 TV station that he would return to the country, “on his feet, not in the wheel chair or on crutches”, in no more than two weeks, as, during this period, doctors announced he cannot walk.
Previously, Ponta declared that it was possible to return to the country after last week, respectively starting with July 6, as he needed that week to undergo physiotherapy and intensive recovery exercises, which would be earlier than the 28-day deadline proposed initially by doctors.
In the absence Prime Minister Ponta, the PSD leadership was overtaken at an interim level by Rovana Plumb, while Gabriel Oprea was appointed interim Prime Minister.
On June 15, in the day he underwent surgery in the Turkey clinic, Victor Ponta was cited to appear in front of DNA prosecutors to be interrogated, after having been announced ten days earlier for three charges, in Dan Sova’s file.
The prosecutors of National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) had informed Prime Minister Victor Ponta, on June 5, that he was prosecuted for privately signed false documents, complicity to continued tax evasion and money laundering in Turceni – Rovinari file, offences he allegedly committed while he was a lawyer.
DNA then demanded the Chamber of Deputies to approve the criminal pursuit in the name of the Prime Minister for conflict of interests, but the demand was overruled by the Deputies on June 8.
On June 29, Prime Minister Victor Ponta stated that, in the first day he returns to the country, he will also go to DNA to attend a new hearing in the file presently in the stage of inquiry, mentioning that it was possible that the prosecutor decided probation.
Before that, Deputy Sebastian Ghita had declared that the Prosecutors intended to determine Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign from the leadership of the Government and that it was possible to place him on probation and to prohibit him to enter Government headquarters.
A month has passed since DNA had announced Prime Minister Ponta that he was a suspect in Dan Sova’s file and three weeks went by since the Head of Government has left to undergo his surgery in Turkey. In the meantime, in his absence, plenty of things happened: in PSD, there is a state of confusion, several leaders addressed the Prime Minister a plea to come back, some of them politely (as Daniel Savu or the leader of the Constanta branch), others imperatively (Liviu Dragnea) and others ironically (as Marian Oprisan).
Then, in Ponta’s absence, PSD created an increasing impression that it is a captive in its own governing. Although it is a majority party, PSD is played by coalition party UNPR, that turned their back on PSD by voting for Mihai Razvan Ungureanu at the leadership of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), besides the Opposition.