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President Iohannis to announce at 17:00hrs name of new PM, consultations’ conclusions

President Klaus Iohannis will announce today, at 17:00hrs, in a press statement, the name of the prime minister-designate and the conclusions of the consultations with the parliamentary parties and formations.

The head of state on Monday and Tuesday had a second round of consultations with the parliamentary parties and formations for the designation of the new prime minister.


ALDE’s Tariceanu: The President said he will unveil the PM-designate today; technocrat gov’t to be avoided

Co-chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said President Klaus Iohannis will make public today the name of the prime minister-designate, insisting that ALDE will back up a political government.

“We discussed the drawing of a calendar as Mr President informed us that he will make public the name of the prime minister-designate today,” said Tariceanu after consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He added that ALDE is backing up the creation of a political government.

“The politically correct solution is the formation of a political government, with a political prime minister and ministers together making up a team that seeks parliamentary support. (…) The solution of a technocrat government with a technocrat prime minister should be avoided. We are living in a representative democracy where citizens invest trust in political parties, persons, programmes based on which the politicians take up responsibilities they should not get rid of. Given that we are talking about a technocrat government, that means the political leaders are fleeing the responsibilities they have taken up while passing on the obligations to a government,” said Tariceanu, according to Agerpres.

He added that ALDE will take a stand depending on the formula to be embraced by the President.

He also indicated that ALDE leaders are closer to the stance of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) as far as the designation of a technocrat prime minister and the creation of a political government go.

In Tariceanu’s opinion, PSD’s proposal for Liviu Voinea to be the prime minister is a reasonable one.

The other co-chair of ALDE Daniel Constantin said the President presented a set of general principles, which Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said regarded changes the political class has to accept.


UNPR’s Oprea: We’ll back the President’s proposal for Premier

The National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) will back President Klaus Iohannis’ proposal for head of the future government, namely for a “competent Prime Minister and a technocrat government,” the formation’s Chairman Gabriel Oprea said on Tuesday.

“UNPR is a serious party, a party that has always kept its word in the sense that we have never helped remove a government we were part of (…) and we supported the President of Romania when national security was at stake, as today is the case too. We were informed by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) that their proposal for Prime Minister is Mr. Liviu Voinea, a very serious and seasoned professional; he can be a serious option for PM. On the other hand, UNPR considers that in the current complicated, regional, European, national security context, the President must appoint a competent Prime Minister. We will support the proposal Mr. President will make for Premier, that is a competent professional, a government of competent technocrats,” Oprea said after the consultations with the head of state at the Cotroceni presidential Palace.

He added that he spoke with PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea about UNPR’s stance and the governing coalition further exists.

“We are further in a parliamentary coalition. The partners from PSD informed us about Mr.Voinea, whom we appreciate very much. This is also what I told Liviu Dragnea, that we will throw our support behind the President’s proposal,” Oprea said.


UDMR’s Kelemen after presidential consultations: UDMR is supporting technocrat gov’t with Ciolos or Olteanu PM

The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) is backing up a technocrat government headed by a prime minister like Dacian Ciolos or Bogdan Olteanu, UDMR national leader Kelemen Hunor said Tuesday after consultations with President Klaus Iohannis, adding that he made no nomination, as nomination is the power of the President.

“A technocrat government is shaping up (…) to be headed by a technocrat prime minister who will be allowed to make up his Cabinet, with integrity prerequisites being a priority to be followed when the prime minister and the ministers are appointed. This is an important step, because we have to have a government as soon as possible. (…) We will take up political responsibility for backing a technocrat government after we see what the programme of the new government includes. (…) Last week I said something I believe is still true, I mentioned Dacian Ciolos or Bogdan Olteanu, which I guess answered all the possible questions. I do not make a nomination because nominating is the power of the President. The profile we suggest is an important profile,” Kelemen said after consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He added that a government enjoying political support is needed. He also mentioned that UDMR would have liked snap elections, by they cannot be held.

“A government without parliamentary backing will be unable to impose public policies, at least for some areas, it will only be able to manage the country’s affairs. Such government is not desired; one year is a long time and that is why we will be waiting for the nomination of the prime minister, after which we will have a discussion to see what he will take up, what political objectives and programmes he advocates for one year,” said Kelemen.

In his opinion, a technocrat government is an acceptable and good solution, but such government will need political backing.

“The first detail we are waiting for is the name of the person to be nominated to form the new government. Today, tomorrow, or when the President makes the announcement we will have another discussion with the prime minister-designate,” said Kelemen.

He added that the signing of an agreement over the designation of a prime minister was not discussed.

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