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May 18, 2022

President’s political consultations: ALDE’s Popescu-Tariceanu informed about fresh round of talks

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, who co-chairs Romania’s Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) said after consultations with the head of state on naming a new prime minister on Friday that he was informed by President Klaus Iohannis that “a time of pondering” follows after the current discussion and then there will be a fresh round of talks.

“The president informed us that, after this round of talks there will be a time of pondering by all, that should help us identify the best solutions and then there will follow a fresh round of discussions, which will probably mean more than merely negotiations, which we wait for with interest. Until then, maybe the political parties start seriously thinking of the responsibilities they have”, Popescu-Tariceanu said.

“Parties seem to turn Iohannis into player-president; they want to rid thesmselves of responsibility”

Co-Chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu believes the parties that have participated in presidential consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential
Palace on the designation of a new prime minister want to rid themselves of responsibility and turn the President into a player-president who should provide solutions to the current political situation.

“Our surprise which I confessed to the President is that the political parties at the consultations so far have proved without exception that they want to rid themselves of any responsibility and that they are throwing the responsibility of finding a political solution to the current situation on the President’s shoulders. The political parties seem to turn the President into something that he shouldn’t be, namely into a player-president, who give solutions. Normally, we underscored that the political parties should have proposed the solutions for how to make up a majority, the profile of the future Government, which we found it hasn’t happened,” Tariceanu said on Friday, according to Agerpres.

In his opinion, the current political situation isn’t a crisis in the sense in which Parliament should notice the impossibility to mount a majority generating a political solution.

“This formula, including that of snap elections, including the formula that was discussed about a technocrat prime minister, means the same thing, fleeing responsibility. The incumbent Parliament is the result of some democratic and free elections and as long as the political solutions based on the current political configuration have not dried out, the justification of snap elections is hard to prove. In this respect I presented the President our point of view, underscoring on the one hand the positive things that are connected to the formula of snap elections, but also the negative consequences that cannot be disregarded,” said Tariceanu.

In respect to the solution of a technocrat government, the ALDE co-chairman said that “It is very easy to make proposals from the outside, but I think that when we talk about such formulas we must always think what the political support in Parliament is, what the risks are (…) We must understand that economic growth can be easily stopped under such circumstances, that the blockage, the paralysis in the administration is installing nationwide until the organisation of snap elections.”

When asked if he recommended a name for the prime minister office, he said that the first obligation in this respect would belong to parties with a greater share in Parliament.

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