Liberal leader Alina Gorghiu stated on Monday evening that her party’s relationship with President Klaus Iohannis is “a perfectly institutional” one and that the Head of State did not impose any decision within PNL, he simply publicly praised the reform carried out.
“The relationship with President Iohannis is a perfectly institutional one, nothing more. He did not impose any decision within PNL, he did not criticise any decision within PNL, on the contrary, the only thing he publicly praised was the fact that reform was carried out within PNL and that these steps were taken within constitutional limits,” Gorghiu stated on Antena 3.
Likewise, the PNL Co-President insisted that there is “no kind of imposition” and that the Liberals understood that they were the ones the President’s statements concerned because they did not have candidates targeted by criminal probes.
“I am surprised to see the growth of some myths very difficult to dismiss, given the fact that at one point Traian Basescu was controlling a political party in Romania and was imposing all kinds of topics on it, all day every day, even by making public statements. It would be a shame to shift the suspicion and trouble on the back of PNL,” she added.
Klaus Iohannis stated on Monday that some parties imposed integrity criteria that they went on to respect, while others just mimed reform, adding that voters should decide who is right.
“I insist on the integrity criterion. It’s extremely important. If we are talking about the recent elections, the local elections. One can learn management, one can learn politics, integrity however cannot be learned. A politician is either upright or he isn’t, and for a community it’s very important to elect upright persons, regardless of whether we are talking about local or parliamentary elections,” the Head of State explained.
“Liviu Dragnea’s snap elections option is phantasmagorical”
PSD President Liviu Dragnea’s idea of holding snap elections is “phantasmagorical,” PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu stated on Monday evening, pointing out she had proposed snap elections after the Ponta Government resigned.
“I remind you that nobody else on the political scene accepted the snap elections idea back when I was saying that it was the only legitimate and clean solution for the Romanian political scene. I remind you that I was publicly saying [that] when everyone was reproaching me with the fact that that is a solution nobody would accept,” Gorghiu stated on Antena 3.
Likewise, the PNL leader stated that the political gridlock that followed the Ponta Government’s resignation could have been eliminated through snap elections and today’s Government would have been one with political stripes.
“Snap elections would have been the result of a fairly complex parliamentary procedure. Since PSD did not agree to it seven or eight months ago, I find it phantasmagorical that today, just a few months before the scheduled elections, Mr. Dragnea wants snap elections. First – because you no longer have the time to trigger these snap elections; second – because they would be… You know what is the name of what Mr. Dragnea wants? On-time snap elections,” Alina Gorghiu stated.
Liviu Dragnea had stated on Sunday evening that PSD is assessing the possibility of triggering snap elections by toppling the Ciolos Government with a censure motion.
“Constitutional Court cannot analyse malfeasance in office based on timeliness but by looking at the Constitution”
The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) will analyse the unconstitutionality exceptions raised in relation to malfeasance in office solely by looking at the Constitution, not based on timeliness, PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu stated on Monday evening.
“This Constitutional Court can only judge with the Constitution in hand, it cannot judge based on timeliness, nor on Ms. Kovesi’s argument that a little over one thousand – I don’t know how many exactly – legal cases would disappear, nor on the argument that others would stand to benefit from this decision. I won’t comment any further, I just hope they will judge by looking at the Constitution,” Gorghiu said on Antena 3.
The Liberal leader also said that she can understand any public stance on this topic (referring to Laura Codruta Kovesi’s warnings in relation to the consequences of a CCR decision to abrogate malfeasance in office from the Criminal Code – editor’s note), but not those taken by politicians, the more so since the latter could benefit from a certain decision because they are involved in legal cases concerning this offence.
“Amending the Criminal Code in what concerns malfeasance in office is a fairly recent, fairly hot topic in Romania. (…) On the one hand I can understand any public stance coming from non-politicians. But when I see that those who are talking about the filing of amendments or about a Constitutional Court decision to eliminate this stipulation are people involved in legal cases concerning this offence, I find it incorrect,” Alina Gorghiu said.
The Constitutional Court will rule on Wednesday on the exception of unconstitutionality that former DIICOT chief Alina Bica, currently indicted in a corruption case, raised against the Criminal Code article that refers to malfeasance in office.