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June 28, 2022

President’s political consultations: UNPR’s Oprea voices support for snap elections

National Union for Romania’s Progress Chairman Gabriel Oprea says his party will support any governing solution proposed by President Klaus Iohannis and fully agrees with the idea of early elections.

“I sent Mr. President the UNPR’s full availability in appointing the prime minister, in appointing the new government. We fully agree with and support snap elections. (…) We are supporting Romania’s stability. Any formula that the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis wants, in dialogue with the parties, with delegations representing the Romanian people, will receive the support of the UNPR. I am referring to the prime minister, the government formula (…) involving technocrats is very important because Romania is a safe country, a NATO and EU member, a country that generates stability and security and this is the way it should remain,” Oprea told media at the end of Friday’s consultations with the president on the appointing of a new prime minister.

Oprea stated that “the democratic voice of the street” must be listened to and that is why it is normal for the president to receive support, as he is elected by the people.

“It is normal to support Romania’s president, who is elected by the Romanian people, in any governing formula, (…) to achieve Romania’s stability, and for Romania to keep being a safe country, which generates security and stability,” the UNPR leader stated, according to Agerpres.

UNPR’s delegation included the party chairman, outgoing Vice Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea, Bucharest District 2 Mayor Neculai Ontanu, Senator Ion Toma, and Simona Man.

Oprea, relieved of Interior Ministry duties

Oprea, the vice prime minister of the outgoing cabinet, also announced after the talks that his duties of interior ministry were taken over by General Ilie Botos, a military magistrate, state secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

“By the resignation of Victor Ponta, the whole government resigned,” asserted Oprea, who nevertheless sat next to interim Prime Minister Sorin Cimpeanu at the cabinet meeting on Thursday.

President Iohannis had meetings with representatives of the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) at 11.30am, of the Romanian Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) at 12.30pm, and of the civil society at 1.30pm on Friday. He discussed Thursday with delegates of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), National Liberal Party (PNL), Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) and of the parliamentary group of ethnic minorities, other than Hungarian.

The consultations, with advisors Dan Mihalache, Andrei Muraru and Laurentiu Stefan assisting the President, have followed Wednesday’s resignation of PM Victor Ponta amid massive street protests.

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