President Klaus Iohannis avoided mentioning, on Tuesday, a timeline for the announcement of his decision regarding the dismissal from office of DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi. When asked to comment the statements that PSD leader Liviu Dragnea made on Monday, according to which the Head of State’s decision is impermissibly late and impeaching him is not ruled out, Iohannis said: “Honestly, I’m not extremely interested in his opinion.”
On Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis joined the ‘We pedal for Romania’ march dedicated to the Centennial of the Great Union, and accompanied the column of bicyclists from Palace Square to the Arch of Triumph.
Asked by journalists about his decision regarding the dismissal of the DNA Chief Prosecutor, against the backdrop in which last week he stated he is still reading the substantiation of the Constitutional Court decision, Iohannis said: “Today more about bicycles and unity. (…) Last week ended well.”
Likewise, asked to comment the statements that PSD leader Liviu Dragnea made on Monday, according to which the Head of State’s decision is impermissibly late and impeaching him is not ruled out, Iohannis said: “Honestly, I’m not extremely interested in his opinion.”
“[The impeachment of President Iohannis] is not ruled out. His decision is unconstitutionally and impermissibly late. It is not ruled out because it has already stayed unconstitutionally long, if you can call it that. And unacceptably late. The game with ‘let’s read again, wait, we haven’t read it yet’ is a mockery of the constitutional Court and the Constitution. (…) I believe he is very late,” PSD leader said at the Parliament Palace referring to the fact that the President has postponed to sign the decree removing from office National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) head Laura Codruta Kovesi, following the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR)’s decision.
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.”
Several days later, on Saturday, when asked again 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.
UDMR ‘s Kelemen Hunor: No reasons to suspend President Iohannis
Chair of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Kelemen Hunor said on Tuesday that there are no reasons to suspend President Iohannis from office.
“Has he broken the Constitution and the decision of the Court, today, June 26? There is no reason for suspension. I also said last week, and two weeks ago, and I am saying this week and for the week after this: we are not endorsing [the suspension, ed.n.], because there is no reason for suspension, and for two weeks in advance – we are not endorsing something like this. The president will not say that he will not respect the Court’s decision. I am convinced – this would also be a mistake on his part, but he will not say something like that, that he will not respect the CCR [Constitutional Court of Romania, ed.n.]’s decision”, said Kelemen Hunor in Parliament.
When asked about the delay of the president’s announcement concerning the removal from office of the head of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), UDMR leader said : “What does sooner mean? Is there a constitutional term? Is there a legal term that he did not respect?.”