Prime Minister Victor Ponta (photo L) on Thursday said that he is very likely to undergo another knee surgery but that will not be as serious as the first he underwent.
“I am very likely to need another knee surgery, but that will not be as serious as last time. It will repair what went wrong in the first place. If I have to be absent, Deputy Prime Minister Oprea will obviously deputise for me without any problem. (…) I will be away for just some days. Anyone having problems with the meniscus know that is something that can be solved in a matter of days,” Ponta told Romania TV private broadcaster.
On the other hand, Ponta denied rumours that the party was to strip him of political support.
”All my colleagues agree that leaving the National Liberal Party (PNL) to govern would be treachery. I am not afraid of treachery. If someone better than me is found to become Prime Minister, I would be the first to support him or her. (…) [Being the national leader of the PSD] did not burden me, it was an honour. At the same time, I explained things to my colleagues and they understood me, they applauded me and we parted ways; friends would say what I believe were our priorities: a PSD national leader, and Mr Dragnea is very good for that, who will be at the party all day long mobilising the party, preparing the elections, and a man that would use 99 per cent of his energy for the office of the Prime Minister who cannot be accused of doing electoral things. I will not be running again for Prime Minister or PSD chairmanship in late 2016. (…) I cannot be betrayed by the PSD. (…) I resigned out of my conviction, so I cannot be betrayed. I am already at the PSD’s disposal,” said Ponta.
He added that his relationship with President Klaus Iohannis is ”somehow bizarre.”
”We are finding ourselves in a somehow bizarre situation. Mr Iohannis should theoretically be Romania’s President. Over the past two months he has behaved like the chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL). As for me, I am theoretically the PSD Prime Minister and in reality I behave like Romania’s Prime Minister, a half technocrat. I would like Mr Iohannis to become again Romania’s President after these two months,” added Ponta.
In mid-June, Ponta underwent a knee surgery at a clinic in Turkey, following an injury that occurred during a basketball game in April.