The fact that persons who have legal issues – for instance, a convicted mayor – have won local elections sends a dangerous message to the U. S., to Romania’s international partners and to the citizens, U.S. ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm asserted on Wednesday.
He acknowledged the voters’ option, but admitted he has a hard time understanding their thinking; nevertheless, the elected local officials now get a chance to work for their constituencies, he added.
The American diplomat called the Romanian political parties to focus on the November parliamentary elections, to select the candidates that will represent future Romania.
In his opinion, the issues with the justice of some elected officials are conspicuous in a context when the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) is an example of the fight against corruption in the region. Romania used to be an island of stability in its part of the world; it used to be seen as a model for the fight against corruption, and the DNA’s expertise was sought after by others, he insisted.
The ambassador met on Wednesday students of the University of Bucharest, to whom he delivered a speech on ‘NATO in the 21st century,’ followed by answers to students’ and media questions.