Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday that it is somehow a good thing that he went on a state visit immediately after the local elections, so that he may have a calm look at the results.
“I guess I can try a first political analysis. The elections’ outcome has proved that democracy in Romania is solid and irreversible, irrespective of petty and very petty talks. The citizens were able to elect community leaders and from that point of view, despite predictions that the voter turnout will be very low, in the end it was not that bad, at least not in the country. Unfortunately, Bucharest City was somehow an exception and a very small percentage of its citizens showed up to vote, but we should see why that was. Maybe the political parties should come up with more attractive offerings, maybe the parties did not understand well what Bucharesters expect from their administration,” Iohannis said Tuesday in Luxembourg about Sunday’s local elections in Romania
He added that he will talk more after the final results are out.
Asked whether he discussed the electoral score of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Iohannis said, “I guess it somehow was a good thing that I had this state visit immediately after the elections and until we all meet we will be very calm and analyse all results.”
He added that analysing the results of a political party is not his part.
We are far from everybody understanding why clean political class is important
President Klaus Iohannis says that it is debatable why in the Sunday’s local elections in Romania persons with a criminal history were elected, mentioning that Romania is very far from the moment when everybody understands why it is important to have a clean political class.
“It is really debatable why persons with a criminal history were elected and, unfortunately, I must admit that even here I was asked why is it possible that in Romania persons who have problems with the law are elected. I explained that the fight against corruption in Romania is a painful undergoing process. We are still very far from the moment when everybody understands why it is important to have a clean political class and I still believe it is my duty to insist on the importance of changing the political class. However, taking something away and pulling another from a drawer cannot be a solution, but me insisting on cleaning up the political class,” Iohannis said, in reply to a question on the election of mayors who are in trouble with the law.