Social Democratic Leader (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, on Tuesday stated that, on his part, his relationship with Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has never changed since he proposed the latter as head of Government.
“On my part, we are the same as in the beginning, when I proposed him, I still endorse him,” said Dragnea, upon arriving at the PSD headquarters.
Asked whether the Social Democratic Party is facing a crisis these days, he replied: “No. As far as I know, no. I spoke with almost all my colleagues.”
The social democratic leader voiced hope that there will be no governmental crisis any time soon. “I hope that we will not come to that, from time to time it’s normal to do a reshuffle. If there are enough arguments for it, no one from the party will oppose it,” he said.
Dragnea also stated that PSD members discuss like politicians and not like “men,” referring thus to a statement made by PM Mihai Tudose. “We are men, we discuss like men all the time. I cannot discuss like a woman for instance,” said the social democratic leader.
Moreover, when asked if there could be such situation in the future where to choose between his resignation or the PM’s, Dragnea said: “Here we go again. I’m fed up with all of this. I can also leave the country, in the end, if it’s me who is the cause of all problems.”
According to him such topics as the change of deputy PM Sevil Shhaideh and Minister Rovana Plumb are meant to be discussed at the party headquarters and not on the streets.
Liviu Dragnea also believes that the PM won’t send to Cotroceni his proposals to replace some of the ministers before the National Executive Committee of the Party.
Asked whether he was behind the opinion poll showing a drop in people’s trust for the Government, the social democratic leader said: “Definitely not. I never did such a thing. I don’t do that. In the end, it’s just a poll, I have never asked anybody to do this poll, not to mention to use it for a certain purpose.”
Dragnea also said that he doesn’t believe PSD is about to face a new scenario like the “Grindeanu” one.
PSD’s CExN to convene Thursday, 17:00hrs
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea announced that the National Executive Committee (CExN) of the party is to convene on Thursday at 17:00hrs.
Moreover, Thursday, starting 16:00hrs, a meeting of the governing coalition is also scheduled.
“I’ve talked with Mr President Tariceanu – Thursday, at four o’clock, we’ll gather the coalition,” Dragnea mentioned on Tuesday, underlining that “taking into account there are reshuffle intentions, these are the statutory structures where discussions are to be carried out, at the party.”
PSD’s Badalau: There will be reshuffle
Executive chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Niculae Badalau said at the party headquarters on Tuesday that a Cabinet reshuffle will indeed take place.
“The prime minister has a governing programme to carry through, and where he thinks the ministers do not perform well, he normally comes up with requests to renew the ministries by replacing ministers. This is his power and we respect that. As long as Mr [PM] Mihai Tudose says that we have some lagging is certain areas because of ministers, he will come up before the PSD Executive Committee with reasoning and we will make a decision, proposing other names, “said Badalau.
Asked if Tudose came to the meeting at the PSD headquarters “with his tenure on the table,” Badalau said that he is a wise man who knows what governing means.
“Mr Mihai Tudose is a man; he is a mature, wise man who knows very well what governing a country means and does not play with it. (…) He is a determined man who will definitely develop Romania and make lives better for the Romanians,” said Badalau.
Asked if the prime minister requested the resignation of the PSD national leader Liviu Dragnea, Badalau replied: “No, that is excluded. How would he ask for the resignation of the party’s chairman?”.
President’s Spokesperson: Iohannis had a meeting with PM Tudose; PSD should sort out issues
President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday had a meeting with Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, President’s Spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi announced.
“He had this meeting. It took place today,” Dobrovolschi told a press conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
She pointed out that “PSD [the Social Democratic Party, major at rule] should sort out its issues.
“Gov’t reshuffle it’s Prime Minister’s responsibility”
“President Klaus Iohannis considers persons with issues should step down or should be withdrawn from the government by the party”, President Iohannis’s spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi said, pointing out that it’s the Prime Minister’s responsibility to decide whether a reshuffle is required.
“In this regard, I believe that you have already heard Mr. President’s opinion. Mr. President has spoken of the fact that when persons in important public offices have issues, and you know the cases I am referring to, these people should have stepped down or be withdrawn by the party; taking the discussion further, it is the Prime Minister’s responsibility to conduct such assessments and to decide whether a reshuffle, changes in the governing team are required,” Dobrovolschi told a press conference at the Cotroceni presidential Palace, when asked what President Klaus Iohannis’s opinion is about a possible government reshuffle.
Premier Mihai Tudose announced on Monday evening that a “mini-reshuffle of the government” is in the pipeline and that he will make a decision this week regarding the departure of several ministers.