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February 1, 2023

PM Ponta: Is Basescu ordering and Iohannis executing?

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Thursday evening commented on recent statements by former President Traian Basescu that incumbent President Klaus Iohannis should call on the leaders of the ruling coalition to convene for consultations to ask them for another proposal for the prime minister office.

“Is Basescu ordering and Iohannis executing? We shall see!” Ponta wrote in a post on his Facebook page in relation to the solution suggested by Basescu to replace the head of the government.

Basescu on Thursday told Adevarul Live webcast that President Iohannis should have taken note of the National Liberal Party (PNL) being unable to get in power in the absence of a parliamentary majority and to ask the ruling coalition to make another suggestion for the office.

“I believe the President is wrong. After he saw that the exiting majority is so strong in Parliament, he should have taken note of the fact that his party cannot get in power because it lacks a majority in Parliament. I would call on them to convene for consultations and ask them to make a new proposition for the office of the prime minister. As a political step, that would prove the maturity of the President who wants to break Romania free from the current difficult situation as a result of having an indicted prime minister. (…) The step that should be taken now is an invitation to the Cotroceni [Presidential Palace] to the ruling coalition first of all, that 48 hours ago proved it has a comfortable majority in Parliament and I would tell them: ‘Gentlemen, do we agree that Romania is hugely damaged with a prime minister sent to court for corruption?’ Nobody would say he does no harm because Victor Ponta is no longer welcome anywhere. Given the circumstances, I would add: ‘So, we agree that we have this credibility issue facing Romania at a very difficult time so let us make a proposal for the office of the prime minister and I sign the appointment decree. (…) I would take the step if I were in office,” said Basescu.

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