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January 21, 2022

Liviu Dragnea, if Iohannis refuses PSD’s nomination for PM: “Doesn’t work. Anything could happen”

Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea stated on Wednesday, in an interview for ‘Ziarul Financiar,’ that President Klaus Iohannis will not be able to refuse the Social Democrats’ nomination for the Premier’s office if they have the majority.

“If we have the majority we will go to Cotroceni with a single nomination. (…) If Romanians vote for a certain political configuration of Parliament, and the MPs present a nomination, how could a President faced with a majority that says ‘this is the man we will confirm as Premier’ pick another nomination backed by a minority? That is very difficult,” Dragnea said.

He pointed out that in 2014 the Constitutional Court of Romania adopted a decision which says that if a party or coalition of parties has the majority then the President cannot refuse the Premier they nominate.

“The reason or the spirit of the Constitution article that talks about negotiations with political parties to form the Government makes sense only in a certain situation: if the result of the elections establishes a political structure of Parliament which, in the end, leads to failure in forming a majority, namely if political parties fail to agree on forming 50 percent plus 1. That is when the President’s essential role comes into play, to keep meeting them and trying to see, based on talks with every party, which person would have the chance to garner a majority that would form the Government. But when a majority comes before the President and says ‘this is the man we trust and Parliament will confirm this nomination,’ what logic is there in saying ‘I don’t agree with this because I want to appoint someone else,’” the PSD President said.

“It doesn’t work. So then anything could happen,” Dragnea answered when asked what would he do if Iohannis asks PSD to come up with a different nomination.

Asked what office he has in mind for himself after the elections, he answered “PSD President,” reiterating that the discussion about public offices will take place after December 11.

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