The PSD’s National Executive Committee (ExCom) convened on Tuesday afternoon to establish the two new nominations for the offices of Development and Transport ministers, following the withdrawal of Lia Olguta Vasilescu and Mircea Draghici.
“The main point consists of the Premier’s nominations. We will adopt them within the ExCom and then she will say what it is about. I know the Premier has made phone calls very many times, has sent very many addresses. From what I’ve understood, addresses signed by the President no longer come from there, only addresses signed by the head of protocol,” Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday at the Palace of Parliament.
Prior to the meeting, county branch representatives entered PSD leader Liviu Dragnea’s office one by one, for negotiations meant to find the two candidates for the vacant Government offices.
According to political sources, the conclusion of those talks was that PSD’s House whip Vasile Daniel Suciu would be the option for the helm of the Development Ministry, an office for which Ilan Laufer and Lia Olguta Vasilescu were previously nominated and rejected by Klaus Iohannis.
During the negotiations, two names were floated for the helm of the Transport Ministry: Felix Stroe and Razvan Cuc, both ex-ministers. Cuc, who was Transport Minister during Mihai Tudose’s term as Premier, lacked the support of PSD Giurgiu, the party branch whose member he is.
Nicolae Badalau, the president of PSD Giurgiu, stated ahead of the ExCom meeting that there is no support on the part of the county branch.
“In my capacity as president of PSD Giurgiu, whose member House lawmaker Razvan Cuc is, I’m telling you we do not support Mr Cuc for the office of Transport Minister. If they want a valuable and competent man from Giurgiu for the Transport Ministry, the PSD branch backs Senator Marciu Cristian,” Niculae Badalau stated for stiripesurse.ro.
Dancila : Romanians need investments, not games dictated by political interests. I’m calling on the President to give up this electioneering rhetoric and no longer block the actions of the Gov’t
Premier Viorica Dancila informed on Tuesday she will send President Klaus Iohannis new nominations for the helms of the Transport and Regional Development ministries, stating that Romanians need investments, “not games dictated by political interests.” “I am once again calling on the President to give up this electioneering rhetoric and no longer block the actions of the Government,” Dancila stated, adding that she hopes the Head of State will promulgate the budget law as rapidly as possible.
“I have sent the Romanian President a letter withdrawing the nomination of Mircea Draghici as Transport Minister. I have taken this decision because I have noticed that the appointment procedure is far behind schedule, the limits of normal collaboration with the Romanian Government being crossed,” Dancila said at the start of the Government meeting.
Likewise, Draghici’s decision to give up his candidacy has also been considered.
“Considering that the period of ad-interim leadership of the two ministries expires these days, I will forward two new nominations for the two portfolios as soon as possible. There’s no time to waste, there are important projects in both the Transport and Regional Development domains, and I believe we need the coordination of full ministers. Romanians need investments, not games dictated by political interests. As you know, I have included in the state budget law the sums necessary for investments and I am once again calling on the President to give up this electioneering rhetoric and no longer block the actions of the Government. Likewise, I hope the President will promulgate the state budget law as rapidly as possible, so that the hiked child benefits would be paid starting on March 1st,” Dancila stated.