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President Iohannis convenes consultations with parliamentary parties to designate a candidate for the prime minister office

President Klaus Iohannis convened on Thursday and Friday the parliamentary parties and formations for consultations, the Presidential Administration informs.

According to the source, the head of state sent a letter to the chairs of the parties and political formations represented in Romania’s Parliament inviting them for consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, to designate a candidate for the prime minister office.

Each delegation can be made up of maximum five persons.

Expected to the consultations on Thursday are representatives of the Social Democrat Party at 15,00hrs, the National Liberal Party at 17,00, the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania at 18,00 and those of the parliamentary group of national minorities at 19,00.

On Friday, the National Union for Romania’s Progress is invited to consultations starting 11,30 and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats at 12,30.

Premier Victor Ponta announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down from the helm of the Government following the street protest s. President Klaus Iohannis received Victor Ponta’s resignation as Prime Minister in the evening.

Romania’s Constitution provides in article 103, paragraph (1), that for the investiture of a government “Romania’s President designates a candidate for the prime minister office, following consultations with the party holding the absolute majority in Parliament or, if there is no such majority, with the parties represented in Parliament.”

President Iohannis: “We will have an interim Government, we will have a solution that I will communicate when it crystallizes”

President Klaus Iohannis has stated on Wednesday that he expects Prime Minister Victor Ponta to tender his resignation, showing that the consultations with parliamentary parties will take place on Thursday or Friday.

“Now we have a new situation, a resigning government. I expect the resigning prime minister to forward the resignation of the Government and I will immediately contact parliamentary parties and call for consultations with the parties. These consultations, in the optimum variant, will take place tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, at the latest,” said the head of state at the Cotroceni Palace, the seat of the Presidency.

He mentioned that, until the end of this week, he wishes to finalize the first round of consultations in order to have an image of how the parties see solving of this situation.

“We will have an interim Government, we will have a solution that I will communicate when it crystallizes,” Iohannis also said.

Regarding variants launched by parties and analysts, the head of state claimed that he does not want to enter technical details.

“Only after we take the following steps, after the first round of consultations, will I come in front of the public opinion and expose my first conclusions, my opinion regarding the things to come, yet these changes are only a new step, an important step, but only one step in the direction of changing Romanian politics, in the direction of improving the performance of the Romanian political class, towards a sort of politics as we all want, pragmatic and transparent. There is still a lot to do. We cannot believe that a simple change of Government solves Romania’s problems, not even the problems of the political class. There is much, much more needed. I am willing to assume these demarches that will, finally, lead to a different kind of politics in Romania, politics for the citizens, predictable and transparent,” Iohannis said.

He emphasized that the Government has resigned “very late.”

“People needed to die for this resignation to take place. If respect for norms and laws had been imposed, none would have had to die,” said Iohannis.

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