President Klaus Iohannis on Monday wrote to the presidents of the political parties represented in Parliament inviting them to a new round of talks at Cotroceni, for the designation of a candidate for the office of prime-minister.
The first consultations happened Monday night with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and with the National Liberal Party (PNL). The Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) and the Parliamentary Group of the National Minorities are scheduled for Tuesday.
After the resignation of the Cabinet, Klaus Iohannis said he would hold several rounds of talks with the parliamentary parties to find the best solution for the current political crisis. In the meantime, the Government will be run by interim PM Sorin Cimpeanu, the Minister of Education.
The president informed after the consultations with the parties and civil society on Friday that he envisaged two solutions for overcoming the political crisis: early election or technocracy.
PSD’s Dragnea: Liviu Voinea is proposal of Social Democrats for position of prime minister
PSD proposed National Bank of Romania (BNR) Deputy Governor Liviu Voinea for the position of Prime Minister, the PSD President announced following the consultations with President Klaus Iohannis on Monday evening. He stated that the Head of State considers that “the best proposal” is a government of technocrats with the Premier also a technocrat, Dragnea stating that the President will probably make a nomination on Tuesday, after the second round of negotiations.
PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated that Liviu Voinea, the party’s proposal, meets the integrity and expertise criteria. Dragnea added that he had a discussion with the BNR Governor who assured him that Voinea will enjoy the full backing of the National Bank if appointed Prime Minister.
According to Dragnea, President Iohannis said that he finds the proposal reasonable but emphasized that at the end of the consultations he will come with his own proposal.
Likewise, the PSD President said that before he came up with this proposal he also consulted the leaders of the coalition, who were of the opinion that Voinea is a “reasonable” proposal.
Liviu Voinea has been Deputy Governor of BNR and member of BNR’s Board of Directors since 2014. In 2012-2014 he was a member of the Ponta Government as Budget Minister. Previously, he was secretary of state within the Finance Ministry, with responsibilities in the fiscal policies domain.
At the start of the meeting Klaus Iohannis did not talk with the members of the PSD delegation, allowing journalists to remain in the room for only half a minute.
The PSD delegation consisted of PSD President Liviu Dragnea, Executive President Valeriu Zgonea and Vice Presidents Gabriela Firea, Ecaterina Andronescu and Georgian Pop, the same line-up as the one that took part in last week’s consultations.
“Tonight we’ll make the president a proposal for prime minister. It is a prime minister who meets all the necessary demands for the economic measures and programmes that have made Romania record substantial, sustainable and constant growth to continue and one who guarantees that these things will continue”, Dragnea announced at the end of a meeting of the party’s National Permanent Bureau at the Palace of Parliament. that was convened prior to the consultations with President Iohannis.
PNL did not want to block dialogue
On the other hand, PNL has given up on the snap elections option it backed in the first round of consultations. The National Liberal Party (PNL) wants a government of technocrats and has no proposal for the office of Prime Minister.
National Liberal Party (PNL) co-chairs Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga have stated that President Klaus Iohannis proposes the option of a technocratic government and prime minister and that the Liberals approve.
“Today, in the discussions we had, the President brought up, proposed, the option of a technocratic government, of a technocratic prime minister, an option that the PNL approves,” Gorghiu said.
Alina Gorghiu pointed out that the party continued to propose the snap elections option but in order for such an option to be possible a political agreement with all parliamentary parties was required. Bearing in mind that many of them did not agree with this option, the Liberals did not want to block the way out of the crisis.
“PNL did not want to block dialogue, in order to overcome this crisis the Romanian society and political establishment find themselves in. In the talks we had with Klaus Iohannis, the Head of State brought up the option of a government of technocrats. It’s an option PNL agrees with,” Alina Gorghiu stated.
“Today, during the talks we’ve had, the President proposed to us the option of a government of technocrats, with a technocrat Premier. It’s an option that PNL agrees with,” Gorghiu stated.
Nevertheless, she added there is the need to depoliticize the administration because otherwise PSD would still be the one that governs.
Vasile Blaga mentioned that the National Liberal Party did not propose a candidate for the prime minister position.