PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Tuesday, at the Palace of Parliament, that certain institutions that want to confiscate the Government managed to do so with Sorin Grindeanu but he no longer wanted to repeat the same mistake with Mihai Tudose too, pointing out that his relationship with the incumbent Premier is good.
“There are institutions, maybe persons too, who want to confiscate this Government. They managed to do so somewhat with Sorin [Grindeanu], and maybe I erred too, maybe I too allowed myself to be manipulated. I didn’t want to err with Mihai [Tudose] too. It’s our Government. Elections must be respected, it’s the Government of those who won the elections, which implements a good platform,” Liviu Dragnea claimed.
He said he understood which was the factor that triggered the crisis within the PSD and the reason Mihai Tudose demanded the resignation of ministers with legal problems of a criminal nature – Sevil Shhaideh and Rovana Plumb –, but added he does not want to talk about it now.
The PSD leader also pointed out that the party’s voters “are starting to find it increasingly difficult to accept and bear the fact that it is for the first time when there isn’t really a desire to allow a Government to govern, despite having very good results.”
“The relationship with Tudose is good, on my part. I saw it is on his part too, just like when we formed the Government and before forming the Government,” Dragnea added.
“If institutions are bothered and they’re starting to get desperate because their obsession is no longer materialising, I can leave the country too”
PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Tuesday, at the Palace of Parliament, that no PSD member was asked to resign against the backdrop of last week’s governmental crisis, and sarcastically pointed out that, if institutions are bothered and are starting to get desperate because their obsession is not materialising, he can leave the country too.
“This is not an information (that PM Mihai Tudose allegedly demanded his resignation during last week’s Executive Committee meeting – editor’s note). I’m sorry, but I can’t help it, it’s a lie and a foolishness. There were one hundred persons there, in that hall. Nobody asked for my resignation,” Liviu Dragnea pointed out when answering whether the Prime Minister asked for his resignation from the helm of PSD.
When told the Premier allegedly made the demand during a closed-circle meeting, Dragnea answered: “We didn’t have a closed-circle discussion. Actually, we did, but this issue wasn’t raised.”
Asked whether he told the PSD leaders present at the ExCom meeting that he would be willing to resign, Liviu Dragnea sarcastically said he is ready to leave the country too if certain institutions are bothered.
“I told you too, if institutions are very bothered and they’re starting to get desperate because their obsession is not materialising, I can leave the country too, I can evaporate. But I have a responsibility toward the party and I’ve seen once again, more intensely than before, profound support on the part of the party,” Dragnea pointed out.
“The PM never said he isn’t assuming responsibility for the Justice laws, but via parliamentary bill they can be adopted during the current sitting”
On Tuesday, PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated that Premier Mihai Tudose never said he is not assuming responsibility for the Justice laws, but via parliamentary bill they can be adopted during the current sitting.
“The Premier said yesterday that today he will ask the Justice Minister to say what would be the mandatory period for them to go through a governmental procedure, to see whether we still have chances to pass them during this parliamentary sitting. Our announced political decision was to adopt them during this parliamentary sitting,” Liviu Dragnea stated.
“My opinion – it’s a unanimous opinion – [is that] there should be a parliamentary bill,” the PSD leader underscored.
Dragnea pointed out that Justice Minister Tudorel Toader can put at the disposal of the special committee that will discuss this bill the facts he currently has on this topic. “I believe he will also take part in all committee meetings, in an active manner, because it was his initiative,” he added.
Asked whether he maintains his opinion regarding the procedure used to appoint the chief prosecutors, the PSD President said: “I’ll suggest to the colleagues from the special committee that they should leave that provision aside and possibly ask for the Venice Commission’s punctual opinion on it. I still claim that the three actors – the minister, the CSM and the Romanian President – should remain part of that procedure.”
“In what concerns the Judicial Inspection, I strongly believe, especially following the latest events, that this institution must be an autonomous institution. If they aren’t able to find the best form now, within the special committee, maybe they’ll discuss a special law that we’ll adopt in the following months. The objective is for the JI to be an autonomous institution,” Liviu Dragnea added.
Asked why the Premier did not want to assume the responsibility for the Justice laws, the PSD President answered: “The Premier never said he isn’t, but this possibility was first discussed at Sucevita, within the ExCom.”
Dragnea on notifying CCR in Belina case: Draft notification is ready, we’ll also discuss it within the coalition on Wednesday
PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Tuesday, at the Palace of Parliament, that the draft notification to be lodged with the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) is ready and concerns an alleged juridical conflict between the judicial and the executive branches of government, a conflict triggered by the DNA’s decision to open the Belina case. Dragnea said that the final form of the notification will be ready by today at the latest and will be discussed during the ruling coalition meeting too.
Asked whether a notification regarding the Belina case will eventually be lodged with the Constitutional Court, Liviu Dragnea answered: “I believe it will.”
He pointed out the draft notification is ready and its final form will be ready today or tomorrow (Wednesday – editor’s note).
Nevertheless, Liviu Dragnea avoided saying who will lodge the notification with the CCR – whether he or Calin Popescu Tariceanu will do so – but claimed that the topic will be discussed during Wednesday’s ruling coalition meeting.
“This too might be a topic. I believe it’s good to discuss [within the coalition],” Dragnea added.