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President Iohannis: No change of ministers this week, reshuffle, to be analysed after National Day

President Klaus Iohannis announced on Thursday that this week will not bring any more minister changes and the new reshuffle proposal of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) will be analysed after the National Day.

“I have received today, two days after the Gov’t reshuffle, a proposal for a Gov’t reshuffle. This doesn’t bode well. We’ve had PSD-ALDE governments for merely two years. (…) Things are going badly when it comes to governing. PSD is already at its third government in less than two years. Very many people have been come and go on minister positions. I have counted them, there are 70 politicians who were or are now ministers in these governments. (…) This is no way to govern. It is impossible to change ministers every day. But this is what PSD does, it changes minister. So how can we imagine that a government that does two reshuffles in one week could function well? This has never happened before, nor I ever heard of something like this before and we cannot continue like this. I do not agree to contribute to such governing, which rather resembles a merry-go-round. (…) In this sense, there will be no change of ministers this week, and this matter that was proposed to me today will be analysed at the earliest after the celebrations dedicated to the Centennial and the National Day on 1 December,” Iohannis said at Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He further explained why he chose to make the announcement after December 1.

“We also need to respect the national celebrations. I don’t believe that Romanians need this circus of reshuffle right now, before the National Day. Let’s celebrate the Centennial as we should first and then we can return to our every day circus,” said Iohannis.

According to the head of state, the Government is complete and “it has all that it needs do its job.”

“I don’t know what conflict they (the Social Democrats – editor’s note) want to invoke, but I would like to invite them, instead of continuing to ride this merry-go-round, to return to work just for a little bit and then we’ll see. I think that’s reasonable we expect them to govern a little, instead of changing ministers every day,” said Iohannis.

Asked if he would take note of Lucian Sova’s resignation from the Transport Ministry, he said nothing will be changed before December 1 and that these things will be discussed after this date.

Iohannis underscored that the government’s activity will not be blocked just because of his refusal to sign the reshuffle and take note of Sova’s resignation.

“This won’t happen. I can assure you that nothing from what I do impedes the government in its activity or makes it difficult for it to work. I know that some are speculating that I am blocking the government’s activity. Not even by far! The government is complete so it has everything it needs to do its job. After December 1 we will discuss more. (…) In my opinion, I am allowed to do anything that the Constitution allows me to do,” added the President.

The minister office, said Iohannis, is not “a job of a cooperative doorman.” “The minister will continue to do its job and work in the service of the country until the decree removing him/her from office is published.”

The head of state also said that “he had no meetings, no understanding, nor will he have” with Paul Stanescu, who was proposed to be removed from his office as Minister of Development.

President Iohannis reiterated that the PSD-ALDE (Social Democratic Party – Alliance of Liberals and Democrats) government is a weak one.

“These things – the assessment of the ministers’ activity – are made by the government and the party. I don’t believe that you expect me – and just a few days ago I said that this government is an accident of democracy – to start now assessing the ministers. I have only assessed the PSD-ALDE governments from the December 2016 elections up to now and they were all weak. But to start now assessing the ministers, I don’t believe you can expect that from me,” he showed.

 

“None of my actions overstepped constitutional boundaries”

 

President Klaus Iohannis reiterated on Thursday that he does not fear a potential move to suspend him from office, emphasizing that none of his actions has overstepped constitutional boundaries.

“Suspension has become such a stale subject. I did not and do not fear this or the Constitutional Court. Absolutely all my actions perfectly fit into the constitutional boundaries. Maybe this doesn’t sit well with them, but no action of mine has ever overstepped the legal constitutional boundaries, as one or another would like to interpret this,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

 

PSD’s message after President’s new refusal: He’s electioneering. He wants to delay the Government’s performance

 

House lawmaker Florin Iordache (PSD) stated on Thursday, for MEDIAFAX, that President Klaus Iohannis has postponed appointing Olguta Vasilescu and Mircea Draghici as ministers because he is electioneering and wants to delay the Government’s performance.

“The President is electioneering. The only thing the President does is block the Government’s activity. There’s nothing new in this,” House lawmaker Florin Iordache (PSD) stated for MEDIAFAX.

He added that while the Head of State can make observations once when it comes to appointments in office, he cannot oppose resignations or dismissals from office.

“A resignation is a personal matter, and the dismissal from office is the Prime Minister’s personal prerogative. What the President is doing is nothing new, but unfortunately he invokes December 1st and he invokes unity, against the backdrop in which the only thing he does is block the Government. It’s not his prerogative to censure the Prime Minister’s dismissal proposals. He is proving once again that he is in an open battle against the Government and against the parliamentary majority. He wants to delay the Government’s performance, which is counterproductive,” Iordache added.

He admitted that the President’s delaying action cannot be challenged at the Constitutional Court, nor can it be a reason to trigger the impeachment procedure, because there is no document in this sense.

 

PM Dancila: Olguta Vasilescu nominated as Development Minister, Mircea Draghici as Transport Minister

 

Premier Viorica Dancila announced at the end of the Social Democratic Party’s (PSD) National Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday that she will nominate Olguta Vasilescu as Development Minister and Mircea Draghici as Transport Minister.

“These are the two nominations that we will forward to the Romanian President in the following period,” Viorica Dancila stated.

Asked for an explanation for the fact that Olguta Vasilescu has competences for three ministries – Labour, Transport and now Development –, the Premier said: “I’ve noticed that it doesn’t matter what I believe and what competences I believe a certain person has to be minister. Yes, I consider that Olguta Vasilescu is qualified to hold several portfolios, obviously not at the same time.”

She added that she has already sent to the Cotroceni Palace the decisions to dismiss Transport Minister Lucian Sova and Development Minister Paul Stanescu.

“I’ve already sent the decisions to dismiss the two ministers. Of course, now I’m sending the nomination. I won’t send again what I’ve already sent. I hope that what the Romanian Premier has decided would be taken into account. In case he refuses, we will act constitutionally. I hope the President would make these appointments in office. Let’s not forget that we are on the last stretch to take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Today I’ve had a first meeting with the Council of Presidents. I believe that at this moment we cannot play around with the decisions we take. I hope we would all take into account these things and the President would make these nominations,” Dancila said.

Asked why the two ministers are not resigning, Viorica Dancila said: “I believe I’m not the one who can answer your question. Ask the two ministers.”

 

 

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