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October 21, 2021

Dragnea asked about President’s impeachment: Not ruled out, he is impermissibly late with his decision on the dismissal of DNA Chief Prosecutor

Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday that the triggering of the procedure to impeach President Klaus Iohannis is not ruled out, pointing out that the President his impermissibly late with his decision on the dismissal from office of DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi.

“[The impeachment of President Iohannis] is not ruled out. His decision is unconstitutionally and impermissibly late. This ‘let’s read some more’ game is mocking the Constitutional Court,” Liviu Dragnea stated.

He said he does not give the President a deadline for a decision, but he is impermissibly late.

When asked, last Tuesday, whether he finished reading the Constitutional Court’s substantiation of its decision regarding the dismissal from office of the DNA Chief Prosecutor, President Klaus Iohannis said: “This week is also dedicated to reading.”

Last Saturday, asked about the Constitutional Court’s decision on the dismissal of the DNA Chief Prosecutor, Klaus Iohannis said that that is still the week dedicated to reading.

On June 12, President Klaus Iohannis had a first reaction after the Constitutional Court’s substantiation of its decision on the dismissal of DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi was published, stating that the substantiation brings to the surface more questions than answers but that maybe a subsequent profound study “will bring us closer to the truth.” He added that the PSD “is trying to amputate the President’s powers because the President has a different opinion” and it is obvious that the Constitutional Court decision “comes exactly along PSD’s line to amputate the President’s powers.”

Asked several times whether he will sign the decree dismissing from office Laura Codruta Kovesi, the Head of State said he will react within reasonable time, pointing out that one cannot wait until December, for example, but that he does not believe he is seriously expected to enforce a decision in one or two days’ time either. He added that “there will be no impeachment” because there are no grounds for such an overture.

Likewise, after the CCR decision on the dismissal of the DNA Chief Prosecutor was published, Klaus Iohannis stated that what is needed is an ample debate in which all those who are interested should take part, because the substantiation raises several questions whose answers are essential for the architecture of the state: “What is still the role of Romanian prosecutors? Do we have a new Super-Minister of Justice, who decides, and the President executes? What does the CSM still mean?”

The President mentioned that a referendum could be organized at the end of this debate.


Senate Speaker Tariceanu on Constitutional Court’s decision in Kovesi case: Quite enough time has passed


Also on Monday, Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu stated that President Klaus Iohannis has had “quite enough time” to deliver a response to the decision of the Constitutional Court on the dismissal from office of the chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi.

“I do not know what the communication plan is and how the president makes his decisions, but I think that enough time has passed for a deep and profound reading to allow for a conclusion to be reached,” Tariceanu said at the Parliament Palace.

Asked if the coalition talked about the presidential elections and Iohannis’ announcement to run for a new term, Tariceanu also said that he is not a commentator preoccupied with what the current head of state is doing.

“I am not a commentator preoccupied with what the current president is doing. The president has found it was appropriate to announce this, I do not know exactly what the reasons behind this are and I do not want to speculate on this subject,” he said.

Asked if he has decided whether he will run for presidency, Tariceanu said he has not.

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