House lawmaker Lia Olguta Vasilescu (PSD) has announced, in a Facebook posting, that she is withdrawing her candidacy for the office of Deputy Premier and Development Minister and has expressed hope that President Klaus Iohannis will urgently accept the next nomination.
“Today, following a discussion with PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, I have taken the decision to withdraw my candidacy for the office of Deputy Premier and Development Minister. An attack at the CCR [Constitutional Court of Romania] means a waiting period of at least one month and a half, period in which the governmental activity would continue to suffer due to the absence of a minister holding an important portfolio within the Government, precisely at the time when Romania holds the presidency of the EU. I did not make a personal stake out of acceding to governmental office, but I am convinced that, just as I succeeded in unblocking large infrastructure projects during my term as mayor, or to implement almost the entire governance programme for the Labour Ministry, I would have succeeded in unblocking the large projects of local, regional and national infrastructure, as part of the ministries where I was nominated by the PSD,” she says.
Lia Olguta Vasilescu says she will continue her mandate as House lawmaker representing Dolj County, where she was elected with 60 percent of the votes, and will respect the promises she made during the elections campaign.
“I thank all ExCom colleagues who unanimously voted for me for these offices, and especially Liviu Dragnea and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, who nominated me and with whom, one way or another, I will continue to collaborate for the projects I undertook during the elections campaign of 2016.”
She expresses her hope that “President Klaus Iohannis will urgently appoint the future nomination for the office of minister, tabled by the party that won the parliamentary elections, thus giving up on blocking the Romanian Government by repeatedly infringing upon the laws and the Constitution, against the backdrop in which the character that has caused him so much concern disappears from the equation.”
Her posting concludes with the hashtag “the brightest always give in.”
PSD after Lia Olguta Vasilescu gives up bid for Development Ministry: Thank you, Olguta! Shame, Iohannis!
After Lia Olguta Vasilescu gave up her bid for the Development Ministry, PSD stated in a Facebook posting that she was one of the best ministers of the PSD Government and would have been a very good Development Minister. The posting concludes with the following message: “Thank you, Olguta! Shame, Iohannis!”.
“Olguta Vasilescu was one of the best ministers of the PSD Government. She managed to carry through the salary law, which brought order and equity in public sector salaries. She finalised the pensions law, which offers Romanian pensioners just remuneration for a lifetime of work. During her term in office, Romanian employees and pensioners experienced the highest income hikes ever. She managed to cultivate a good relationship with trade unions and has fulfilled – point by point – the PSD’s promises in the social field. Romania definitely could have had a very good Regional Development Minister. Thank you, Olguta! Shame, Iohannis!”, the Social Democrats state.
Codrin Stefanescu: We’ve supported Lia Olguta Vasilescu to the bitter end
PSD Secretary General Codrin Stefanescu stated on Wednesday, for MEDIAFAX, that the Social Democrats have supported Lia Olguta Vasilescu “to the bitter end,” and that the withdrawal decision, “an act of sacrifice and courage,” was hers.
“We must clearly say that we – my colleagues and I – have supported Lia Olguta Vasilescu to the bitter end. The withdrawal decision was hers. We understand her reasons and the logic behind this, namely the fact that she too realised that Iohannis will continue to block this appointment and also block the way in which Romania is coordinating – via our Government – the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. Olguta has made an act of great sacrifice and courage. Lia Olguta Vasilescu probably consulted several of my colleagues. I’m convinced very many of them told her, just as I did, that we must go to the end and not give in a millimetre before Iohannis, especially since, at this moment, he is repeatedly and constantly infringing upon the decisions of the CCR and the Constitution of Romania. I stand by Lia Olguta Vasilescu’s side, and this completely mindboggling episode created by Klaus Werner Iohannis will not be forgotten at all by the citizens,” Codrin Stefanescu stated for MEDIAFAX.
Dragnea in outburst before journalists: Come one guys, what the hell. It’s like I’m a little duck with ducklings
On Wednesday, PSD leader Liviu Dragnea had a nervous outburst in reaction to the journalists’ questions regarding the budget bill and Olguta Vasilescu’s withdrawal of her bid for the helm of the Development Ministry. “Come on guys, what the hell! It’s like I’m a little duck with ducklings!”, he told journalists, without stopping to answer their questions.
After some bills were put to the vote during the plenary meeting of the House, the PSD leader left the hall and walked toward his office. During this time, journalists asked him about the budget bill and Olguta Vasilescu’s withdrawal from the ministry.
Irritated by their questions, the PSD leader told journalists: “Come on guys, what the hell! It’s like I’m a little duck with ducklings!”.
Even though journalists were waiting for a reaction regarding the state budget bill, Liviu Dragnea refused to answer.