President Klaus Iohannis met former high school colleagues, on Saturday, at the “Samuel von Brukenthal” of Sibiu, on which occasion he made several statements, and he posed for pictures with groups of tourists in the central area of the city.
Upon arriving to the 40-year high-school reunion, Klaus Iohannis announced he would run for President again.
“I have made an important decision, and I want to communicate it now, on this beautiful morning. I am firmly determined to run for a new mandate as Romania’s President,” Klaus Iohannis said.
The head of state made this announcement at the “Samuel von Brukenthal” National College, before attending the 40-year high-school reunion with his former classmates. Klaus Iohannis attended the festive meeting of the 1974 – 1978 class. He also worked as a teacher of Physics at this Sibiu-based high school.
Iohannis’ announcement that he would run in the presidential elections again was welcomed with applause by those present in the area.
President explains why he announced candidacy: Clarification of my intentions, necessary
The Romanian political stage has entered quite a turbulent phase, President Klaus Iohannis said on Saturday, explaining the context that determined him to announce his candidacy for a new term at the helm of the country.
“I thought that Romanian political stage has entered quite a turbulent phase. The evolution is not satisfying and I have watched several polls over the past few months. All show that the discontent level of the population is over 80 percent, which is extremely high and shows that people in fact no longer trust the political class, they don’t even expect anything good from the political class. In this context, I have found that this announcement can become an interesting point, maybe some will be encouraged to go further if I make this announcement, others, probably, won’t take this announcement so well. Anyhow, I thought that a clarification of my intentions for what comes next was necessary,” Iohannis said, when asked why he announced on Saturday the new candidacy for President.
At the same time, he believes that the Social Democrat Party (PSD) “isn’t very happy” with his announcement. “I believe that the PSD isn’t very happy with my making this announcement today,” Iohannis showed.
“After second conviction, Dragnea should purely disappear from Romania’s public life”
Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea, “after the second conviction, should purely disappear from Romania’s public life,” President Klaus Iohannis also said in Sibiu on Saturday.
“I have voiced my opinion much too many times about these matters to expect Dragnea to take into account what I am conveying to him via media. I still believe he should withdraw from politics for good. Therefore, Dragnea, after his second conviction, should purely disappear from Romania’s public life. This is what would happen in absolutely any country in the world, even in one with an incipient democracy. The fact that this doesn’t happen here entails two aspects – that Dragnea won’t withdraw, he won’t withdraw. This is how he thinks. However, the part which I find even more serious is that the PSD doesn’t realize that they must send Dragnea home, that, in fact, we are now in a completely inappropriate and misfortunate stage when an entire party and the biggest party in Romania is turning into a pressure group or a lobby group for an offender,” Iohannis said.
Liviu Dragnea was sentenced, by a first court, to 3 years and 6 months in jail in the DGASPC Teleorman case. The Deputies’ Chamber Speaker, Liviu Dragnea, announced on Friday he would not resign from the Chamber leadership office or the PSD chairmanship.
President Iohannis hasn’t made decision on DNA head: Still reading week; talks next week
President Klaus Iohannis on Saturday, when asked about the decision in the case of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) head prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, said that this week, too, is dedicated to reading the Constitutional Court reasoning in this case.
“Today is still the week when we read. I believe this is what I said,” Iohannis said in Sibiu.
Asked if he will announce the decision in the coming period, Klaus Iohannis replied: “We’ll be having talks about this next week.”
“Censure motion had better pass”
The Head of the State said the censure motion called “The dismissal of the Dragnea-Dancila Government, a national emergency!,” initiated by the National Liberal Party (PNL), had better pass.
“The censure motion had better pass, but this is a parliamentary procedure where the president can hardly intervene, except by saying it had better pass,” President Iohannis said in Sibiu on Saturday.
The censure motion “The dismissal of the Dragnea-Dancila Government, a national emergency!,” initiated by the National Liberal Party (PNL) and supported by the Save Romania Union (USR) and the People’s Movement Party (PMP), was lodged with Parliament on Wednesday.
“I fear no suspension”
Iohannis also said he fears no possible suspension from office, pointing out that there wouldn’t be any reason for this demarch or who to do it.
“I am telling you once more: I fear no suspension and maybe it’s even best that I explain it a bit. The decisions I make have never been made out of fear or out of fear of suspension. The decisions I make are those I find right and good for Romania. If we are to talk more concretely about suspension, now, first of all, there is no reason for suspension. Second of all, there is no one to do it,” Iohannis said.
“I believe we must draw the line and get over this emergency ordinance system”
He said that in his opinion the system of emergency ordinances must stop, because “almost all governments used them, mainly during summer recess.”
He was asked – in the context of the Social Democrats’ announcement that next week they would establish in a party meeting whether they assume or not through emergency ordinance the modification of the Criminal Code – if he will participate in a possible Government meeting on this topic.
“I believe that one of the big problems with our Constitution is precisely the completely uncontrolled possibility of issuing emergency ordinances during the parliamentary recess. All parties have criticized the system of emergency ordinances, but, once at rule, they all used this system. It is counterproductive and the peril consists of the fact that the Government can issue emergency ordinances without those involved or interested being able to intervene at least for a constitutionality control,” he showed.
The head of state also brought to mind that, in an emergency ordinance issued by the government, the president cannot request a constitutionality check-up and those interested cannot intervene, as in a parliamentary procedure.
Iohannis spoke, in this context, of the need for the civil society to react.
“I personally believe that at some point we must draw the line and get over this system of emergency ordinances because we actually know – almost all governments have used them, mainly during the summer recess, to solve matters that wouldn’t have stood a chance in the parliamentary session. Therefore, we must be very careful. The civil society must be alert and the moment emergency ordinances that shouldn’t exist come up, such as Ordinance 13, that unfortunate Ordinance 13, we should protest with all the strength against this issue,” Iohannis also said.