President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday in Craiova that in the event that the current government also fell, he should “extremely seriously question” the ruling capacity of the Social Democratic Party (PSD).
“We must be very serious about this. If this government fell too, I should definitely and extremely seriously question PSD’s capacity to further govern. We are not in this situation yet,” Iohannis said.
He further argued that a technocratic government would no longer be a solution.
“A government of technocrats is not a solution in the longer term. That’s what I also said when I installed a technocratic government, which back then was a reasonable solution. We are now just short after elections, we have a party that has won the elections, they are free to perform, anything else is just puerile useless talk. Let the winners do their job, govern, produce results,” said Iohannis.
The head of the state underscored that the government “must tend to its work, deliver for sustainable results.”
“I think the prime minister is of good faith and wants to have a performing team”
President Klaus Iohannis believes that Prime Minister Mihai Tudose is of good faith and wants to have a performing team.
“I discussed with the PM, he presented his options to me. (…) I think the prime minister is of good faith and wants to have a performing team,” Iohannis said on Thursday after a visit to the Ford factory in Craiova.
The head of state said that both he and Romanians want the Social Democratic Party (PSD) “to come up with some tangible results.”
“If there is a need for a reshuffle for that, then reshuffle be,” said Iohannis. He stressed that he was expecting “with high interest” the Government’s results.
“Any political crisis has, first of all, negative consequences. It is very clear that deep anxiety has appeared in the economy, new and new measures in the field of taxation have been announced at a dazzling pace since the beginning of the year, things should calm down, re-enter a zone of predictability, stability, to enable the economic milieu to perform. We have economic growth, and it is due to a great extent to consumption that is also possible due to pay rises. So far so good, but if we want to continue to have a growing economy, we must move on to predictable measures, which bring sustainability, longer-term development, otherwise everything that we have gained will be lost,” added the head of the state.
“Gov’t must be free of taint”
A government must be made of “untainted people”, not riddled with issues whatsoever, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday.
“A government must be made of untainted people, free of all issue and honest, and the entire political leadership should be made of upright people,” Iohannis said after a visit to the Ford plant in Craiova.
According to the head of the state, the government team must have no integrity issues.
“I don’t care if I receive resignations or dismissals, what is really important is that the government team has no integrity issues, that the government line-up is willing to move ahead and do their job. (…) Legally embattled people should not be in the front line of public offices, I have nothing against the individuals, but in politics the presumption of innocence does not work the way it does in court. The presumption of innocence works for a person facing justice, whereas for a politician who goes before the people, uprightness counts heavily, meaning that he or she should not be suspected of anything,” Iohannis said.
In reply to a remark by a journalist, Iohannis said that he has never been a suspect.
He went on to say that a government with members under suspicion or criminal investigation cannot function, and that opinion polls are good for politicians because of the feedback they provide. “If those who read them draw the appropriate conclusions, there is a chance that they do things better than before,” said Iohannis.
In the same thread, he told reporters that he has not spoken lately to either PSD and Chamber of Deputies’ head Liviu Dragnea, or Chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats and Senate head Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.