Social – Democrats Leader and Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber Liviu Dragnea believes that the head of state becomes “already boring” because “he always mentions him” in every public appearance and says that “if he is still putting pressure on certain institutions”, he could also incline over the scandal regarding the reveals of Sebastian Ghita.
“I have seen that the President is not missing any public appearance to mention my name or to refer to me. It becomes boring for me. I won’t make any comment, because we take care of other things, of what the Government does, of the measures from the governance programme. And some of the measures from the governance programme are for me too. I can be taken in for undue benefits, for promoting a governance programme which brings benefits to millions of Romanians, among whom myself. I’m not interested in those allegations,” Dragnea stated on Monday at the Parliament Palace.
When asked how is he commenting upon the activity of the state institutions regarding the “scandal of the moment”, namely the Sebastian Ghita case, he responded that President Iohannis could have inclined over this scandal.
“Sincerely, this is why I have stated that the President becomes boring for me. I expected this case to be the main topic there. Acting as if this subject isn’t there or acting as there are no problems in this system would mean that we are from a different planet. Everybody understands that we have problems. They must be clarified. Otherwise, he didn’t approach this subject, now he has other personal matters. So far I have seen a lot of silence. If he was going there and was putting pressure on certain institutions, maybe without pressure, he could have brought them to mind, paternally, that maybe it is best to also incline over this scandal. It looks like no,” the Deputies’ Chamber Speaker pointed out.
When asked if he has information that Florian Coldea would have tried to blackmail Victor Ponta, Dragnea responded as follows: “I am no informer, or collector of intelligence, I watch on television what some or others say, but many things are said for them to just remain in the darkness. Someone has to shed a light here, sooner or later.”
He mentioned he had no discussion with the Justice Minister, about whom he says, however, that is a “determined person.”
President Klaus Iohannis stated last Friday the fact that the Deputies’ Chamber Speaker Liviu Dragnea is criminally convicted and the Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu is sent to court represent concerning circumstances, in the context in which he warned that a law of pardon and amnesty would be a “catastrophe” for democracy.
“We convened extraordinary session of Deputies’ Chamber to give Government possibility to work”
The Deputies’ Chamber entered in extraordinary session until 31 January in order to give the Government possibility to work, Speaker of the legislative forum and Social-Democrat Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday.
“We had a Standing Bureau of the Deputies’ Chamber convened with a precise purpose, namely the convocation of the Deputies’ Chamber in extraordinary session in order to give the Government the possibility to work. The National Liberal Party (PNL) challenged with the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) the law regarding the Government empowerment to issue ordinances, namely to be able to work in the period of parliamentary recess. In order to remove the Government from this situation, starting today the Chamber of Deputies entered in extraordinary session, so basically it is working until 31 January, on 1 February it will start the normal session,” Dragnea mentioned at the Parliament.
Moreover, he revealed that in this extraordinary session, it was decided, besides the bills that already are on the agenda of the specialist committees, to be debated in committees, reports to be drawn and possibly brought to the plenary meeting in order to receive the final vote, three ordinances – the two ordinances through which it is regulated the acquisition procedure of the “Wisdom of the earth” art work and the ordinance “through which dignitaries’ salaries were risen unjustifiably.” “It is an ordinance that I want to be rejected, namely the dignitaries’ salaries to return to the value they had before this ordinance,” the Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader stated.