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Tudorel Toader: You issue a violation to a driver for not wearing the seatbelt, but the President of the Republic does not observe the Constitution. What example does the dignitary holding the highest office give to Romanians? I still hope the president will observe the CCR decision

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has criticised once again President Klaus Iohannis for delaying the announcement of a decision regarding the dismissal from office of the Chief Prosecutor of the DNA, claiming that “a driver caught not wearing the seatbelt is fined, but the President of the Republic does not observe the Constitution.” Tudorel Toader stated on Sunday evening that he still believes and hopes that the Head of State will observe the decision of the Constitutional Court (CCR) and will sign the decree dismissing Laura Codruta Kovesi.

In a phone interview with RomaniaTV on Sunday evening, Toader ironized Iohannis, saying that “if it’s difficult for him to understand 133 pages, the operative part of the CCR decision is easy to understand.”

“If we find it difficult to understand 133 pages, we find it easy to understand the operative part. We know that it is mandatory as soon as it is published in the Official Journal,” the Justice Minister stated.

He wondered “what example does the dignitary holding the highest office give to the Romanian who does not observe a law and is issued a violation.”

“You issue a violation to a driver for not wearing the seatbelt, but the President of the Republic does not observe the Constitution,” Toader said.

He added that he still believes and hopes that the President will observe the decision of the Constitutional Court and will sign the decree dismissing Laura Codruta Kovesi.

“I still hope, I still believe that the President will observe the said decision, because we cannot join, for example, another hotly questioned and criticised state – Poland – for non-enforcement of Constitutional Court decisions. I strongly believe we are still running late in enforcing the decision and I don’t believe that the dignitary holding the highest office of this state will not observe the decision,” Tudorel Toader added.

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea stated last Monday that triggering the impeachment procedure against President Klaus Iohannis is not ruled out, saying that the President is impermissibly late in taking the decision regarding 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 is not giving the President a deadline for a decision, but he is impermissibly late.

When asked, last Tuesday, for his comment on Liviu Dragnea’s statements, President Klaus Iohannis said: “Honestly, I’m not extremely interested in his opinion.”

Likewise, when asked, during the ‘We pedal for Romania’ march, about his decision regarding the dismissal of the DNA Chief Prosecutor, against the backdrop in which he had said the week before that he is still reading the Constitutional Court’s substantiation, President Iohannis said: “Today more about bicycles and unity. (…) Last week ended well.”

The Constitutional Court decision which noted the existence of a juridical conflict of a constitutional nature between the Justice Minister and the President, generated by the latter’s refusal to comply with the former’s proposal to dismiss from office the Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate, and established that the President is set to issue the decree dismissing from office the Chief Prosecutor of the DNA, was published on June 7 in the Official Journal.

On June 12, President Klaus Iohannis had a first reaction after the publication of the Constitutional Court’s substantiation of its decision on the dismissal of DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, 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.

 

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