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President Iohannis denies being nervous about CCR notification on Kovesi; inter-institutional conflict is out of question

 

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Monday that he was not nervous about the Constitutional Court of Romania notification related to his decision to reject the request for dismissal of the prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi.

“I’m not nervous, but if this demarche of the Government exists, we will wait to see the document. An inter-institutional conflict is out of the question,” Iohannis stated.

 

Gov’t must send CCR standpoint regarding President’s refusal to dismiss Kovesi by May 3

 

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) established May 3 as the deadline for the Government to submit its standpoint related to the notification lodged against the refusal of President Klaus Iohannis to dismiss prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi, sources with the CCR told AGERPRES.

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced that the notification following the President’s refusal to dismiss Laura Codruta Kovesi from office will arrive at the Constitutional Court on Monday.

“I met Mrs. Prime Minister, I presented her the draft of the notification to the Constitutional Court, the arguments, the content of that draft. She agreed and signed it in my presence. Today, the notification gets at the Constitutional Court,” said Toader after the meeting with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.

Referring  to the intention to notify the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) about the President’s refusal to dismiss DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, and to his meeting with Premier Viorica Dancila on this topic, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Monday that he handed out a draft notification, and the document will be modified by including in it part of President Klaus Iohannis’s report. He also said that, if need be, new proposals will be included.

“I handed out a draft of the notification, which we will modify by including in it part of the Romanian President’s report. If need be, we will include potentially new proposals, suggestions,” Toader stated.

Referring to President Klaus Iohannis’s refusal to dismiss DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, Toader reiterated that he does not act in a personal capacity or based on personal dissatisfaction.

“It’s not my dissatisfaction because I never acted and I am not acting in my personal capacity, for me to have personal dissatisfactions,” the Justice Minister pointed out.

Last Wednesday, President Klaus Iohannis commented on the decision to notify the CCR following his refusal to dismiss DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, stating that there are no grounds to do so and there is no conflict between the Government and President requiring the notification of the CCR. “We can understand that the Justice Minister is personally dissatisfied that his dismissal proposal has not been accepted, but there is a long way to go from this to a constitutional conflict,” Iohannis stated.

 

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