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October 25, 2020

Iohannis on Toader’s ordinance: The issue is grossly unconstitutional

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday in Aachen where he attended the signing ceremony of the French-German Cooperation and Integration Treaty , that the emergency ordinance announced by the Minister of Justice, by which those convicted may file appeals for annulment, is “grossly unconstitutional.”

“If [Justice Minister Tudorel Toader] wants to do what he publicly communicated, the issue is grossly unconstitutional,” Iohannis said.

He explained that a law acts for the future and cannot be applied retroactively.

“There are some principles anchored in the Constitution, one of which is that a law only acts for the future, the law cannot function retroactively,” the head of state said, stating that otherwise “any sign of stability, predictability” would disappear.

The president said that the Social Democrat Party (PSD, major at rule, ed.n.) is trying to find solutions for its politicians with criminal problems.

“PSD has been trying since it came to power to look for solutions for their politicians with criminal problems, headed by their party chief. This cannot be. PSD cannot come up with such solutions that are simply unconstitutional and the fact that such ideas are being publicly circulated shows that PSD does not really care about Romania, PSD only cares about its own politicians with criminal problems and is looking for solutions for them. This evolution is regrettable and we still hope that the Minister of Justice included will read the Constitution and the legislation and will give up such an approach that I think is not possible,” added Iohannis.

He stressed that at the level of the European leaders there is a general concern about the fate of the rule of law in Romania.

“I wish the rule of law, the Romanians want rule of law, most politicians want rule of the law, only PSD wants something special for its own politicians with criminal problems and that is a big issue that we have and I hope it is going to be solved,” said Klaus Iohannis.


Presidential Administration is analysing documents for appointing Vasilescu, Draghici


President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that the latest documents sent by Premier Viorica Dancila for the appointment of Lia-Olguta Vasilescu as Minister of Development and Mircea Draghici as Transport Minister are under the analysis of the relevant department of the Presidential Administration and the answer will be given in a reasonable time.

“The documents are under the analysis of the relevant department of the Presidential Administration. As soon as I return to the country, we will discuss what the prime minister has sent us there and, in a reasonable time, we will answer,” the president said at Aachen, Germany, where he participated in the signing ceremony of the French-German Cooperation and Integration Treaty.

On Monday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila sent a letter to President Klaus Iohannis demanding again the issuance of presidential decrees appointing Lia-Olguta Vasilescu as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration and Mircea-Gheorghe Draghici as Transport Minister.


PSD’s bad ruling can be seen in exchange rate


President Klaus Iohannis stated on Tuesday about the depreciation of the leu against the euro, that the Social Democratic Party (PSD) is ruling “badly” and this is also reflected in the exchange rate.

“Of course there are reasons for concern. I said it and I do not like it, but I have to repeat it: PSD is not good at the economy and PSD is ruling badly. The result is also seen in the exchange rate and in many other data showing that things are not going as they should and as Romanians would like them to go,” said Iohannis, asked if there are reasons for concern regarding Romania’s economy in the context of the depreciation of the national currency.


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