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Basescu: Geoana, Nastase, Ponta, be happy. Talented Dragnea will declare you presidents of Romania. Geoana, queue for it; Nastase is first in line

Ex-President Traian Basescu proposes that the parliamentary inquiry into presidential elections should start with the 2004 elections, sarcastically telling Mircea Geoana, Adrian Nastase and Victor Ponta to be happy because in the conclusion of the parliamentary inquiry “talented president Dragnea” will declare them presidents of Romania. Basescu warns Geoana that he must queue for it, since Nastase is first in line.

“It’s the Holy Week and, in principle, I tried to abstain from entering public controversies. I’m trying to do it now, in relation to the latest initiative of the PSD-ALDE Governance Platform – the setting up of a commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009. What joy for those whom I’ve constantly defeated in elections since 2000. They will finally get even. True, not at the ballot box but on television,” Traian Basescu wrote on his Facebook page.

The ex-president says the proposal was so successful that he decided to propose that the inquiry should also address the presidential elections of 2004.

“This way, we can give one term in office apiece to losers Mircea Geoana and Adrian Nastase, or comfort Ponta that even though they lost at the ballot box in 2009, they nevertheless managed to steal votes in line with PSD’s natural-born talent for that,” Basescu added.

Traian Basescu posted a sarcastic message: “Geoana, Nastase and Ponta, be happy, finally. In the conclusions of the inquiry, talented president Dragnea will declare you presidents of Romania. Geoana, watch out, queue for it because Adrian Nastase is first in line. Further on, you’ll arrange with Iohannis your line of succession at Cotroceni. When I think that Romania will have its presidents assured for the next 15 years, I actually realise how important the PSD-ALDE Governance Platform is.”

Basescu tells Liviu Dragnea he might not like what will be said at the commission. “Better leave the investigation to the Prosecutor General’s Office,” the ex-president added.

PSD-ALDE coalition asks Parliament to set up parliamentary commission of inquiry into way in which elections were organised in 2009

Liviu Dragnea announced on Wednesday, on Antena3, that he plans to take over the chairmanship of the parliamentary inquiry commission that will look into some institutions’ involvement in the presidential elections of 2009, being set to verify whether the Speaker of the Lower Chamber can do so.

“I’ve told my colleagues to verify if I, Speaker of the Lower Chamber, can be the chairman of this commission of inquiry,” Liviu Dragnea said.

He pointed out that the persons whose names were mentioned in the press in recent days as allegedly having interfered in the 2009 elections will not be the only ones to be summoned before the commission.

“I want us to summon for hearings all persons about whom we have information or about whom information may appear in the following days regarding what happened in those elections. (…) Minister Baconschi, STS [Special Telecommunications Service] director Marcel Opris, Vasile Blaga and several other Romanian citizens about whom we have information will be summoned. With this commission of inquiry and with other inquiries that I hope the SRI Oversight Committee will start, we should bring to light all the talks about some institutions’ interference in politics, in elections, in the judiciary,” the PSD President stated.

Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, the leaders of the PSD-ALDE coalition, announced on Wednesday that they agreed to ask Parliament to set up a parliamentary commission of inquiry, in order “to clarify the aspects regarding the way the 2009 elections were organised but also the result of the presidential elections,” claiming that such a commission is necessary “as a result of public information that throw into doubt the observance of the free and fair elections principle as the essential premise of the functioning of democracy in Romania.”

Dan Andronic wrote on Monday that Laura Codruta Kovesi and Florian Coldea are two of the persons who helped Traian Basescu win the presidential elections in 2009.

Andronic claims that on the night of the presidential runoff Gabriel Oprea invited him to his house. On his arrival there, Andronic found George Maior, Florian Coldea and Laura Codruta Kovesi.

“I froze. The State was there! SRI Director George Maior, SRI First Deputy Director Florian Coldea, Prosecutor General Laura Codruta Kovesi, former Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea and another high-ranking person, whom I did not know, were there in that office. The expats’ votes. Here, Florian Coldea had a lot of data and figures, but George Maior was receiving information too. I believe that, while I was there, Kovesi received at least two phone calls which she answered by saying “yes, Mr President.” She was then leaving the room and continuing the phone conversation. Obviously, Kovesi was an important member of the group, I understood that based on the way she was asking about the actions that could be carried out. Laura Codruta Kovesi, George Maior, Florian Coldea, Gabriel Oprea remained in that room… The people who made Traian Basescu’s victory possible in 2009,” Andronic wrote.

On Tuesday, Andronic was heard at the National Anticorruption Directorate. He stated he was subpoenaed in an older case, without giving any other details.

Also on Tuesday, the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) announced that businessman and political consultant Dan Andronic is a suspect, being accused of perjury and connivance because in September 2016, when he was heard in a case concerning the presidential campaign of 2009, he allegedly made false statements about the money that his company received in return for the political consultancy services he provided during the elections campaign, accrediting the idea that the defendants did not commit the crimes they were charged with.

Also on Tuesday, SRI Oversight Committee Chairman Adrian Tutuianu announced that journalist Dan Andronic will be heard by the committee next week, in regard to the statements he made about the presidential runoff of 2009.



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