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May 24, 2022

PSD invites parties and Klaus Iohannis to attend talks on amending the Constitution, President says such debate is untimely now

PSD Interim President Liviu Dragnea announced on Monday that he publicly invites the political parties and President Klaus Iohannis to start talks on amending the Constitution, including in what concerns the issue of holding simultaneous elections.
“The amending of the Constitution is needed, (…) I hope we will amend it next year, I hope. Not PSD, the whole political class, including President Iohannis,” Dragnea said referring to the idea launched on Sunday on holding simultaneous elections and extending the local representatives’ and MPs’ terms in office to five years.
Dragnea said that “it doesn’t seem right” to him for the President’s term in office to be shortened to four years in order to be able to hold simultaneous elections in Romania, and that is why he has come up with the proposal to extend the duration of the rest of the terms in office.
“We are waiting for an answer, following our honest public invitations, from our PNL colleagues and from the President in particular,” the PSD leader added.

Iohannis: Debate on Constitution, with great pleasure after 2016

President Klaus Iohannis said Monday that a debate on the revision of the Constitution is untimely now, arguing that it should take place after the electoral year 2016.
“The debate on the Constitution, with great pleasure after 2016,” Iohannis told a news conference on Monday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

Salary law, sent to Parliament by October 15

During PSD’s Permanent National Bureau meeting on Monday, the Social-Democrats also discussed the timetable of adopting the public sector salary law. Thus, according to PSD sources quoted by Mediafax, the law will be finalized on October 1, will then be read and approved by the Government and sent to Parliament by October 15.
The completion of the draft law has been postponed several times, the initial deadline proposed being September 1.

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