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PSD’s Dragnea: How many European leaders should resign for District 4 mayor to tender resignation?

Social Democrat Party (PSD) chairman Liviu Dragnea said on Wednesday he wonders what will the capital’s District 4 mayor Cristian Popescu Piedone do after the prime minister tenders resignation.

“We’ll hold talks in the ruling coalition and with President [Klaus] Iohannis, but things cannot remain like this. If a mayor did not want to take any kind of responsibility and chose to act [i.e. bury his head in the sand] like an ostrich, we cannot remain insensitive and with no reaction before the people”, said Dragnea.

His remarks come as Popescu is the mayor of the district where the Colectiv club, where a fire last Friday killed 32 people and injured almost 200, is located.

The PSD leader stressed “The president must name another prime minister, let us not make any calculation for the moment, since it is from now on that we begin to discuss. We cannot take this situation superficially, from this moment on all the political players, the parties, the president must find a solution for this country to remain stable.”

“I wonder if after the premier tenders resignation, the District 4 mayor will finally consider stepping down. I wonder how many European leaders should resign for Piedone [editor’s note: mayor’s former nickname reminding of a movie character; he eventually added it to his official forename] to tender resignation and understand that Romania is at another stage, the society wants something else, the people want something else”, Dragnea said at the Palace of Parliament.

Thousands of people marched in Bucharest and several Romanian cities on Tuesday night, specifically asking for the resignation of PM Ponta, Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea and Bucharest District 4 Mayor Popescu, following the deadly fire in the Colectiv Club last Friday.

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