President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that Justice has come to be in the situation it is now in because of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and said that Romania will have a referendum on May 26th.
“In my opinion, it is PSD’s fault that Justice has come to be in the situation where it is now. PSD is guilty of the fact that Justice is being discussed very much in terms of concern and alarm, the Romanians fear that PSD will politically subjugate the Romanian Justice. (…) A referendum is needed and we will have a referendum on May 26,” Klaus Iohannis said in a press release at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace at the end of consultations with the parliamentary political parties.
ALDE not interested in situation of Justice in Romania
The Head of State criticized the absence of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE.) representatives from consultations at Cotroceni Presidential Palace, stating in context that this party is not interested in the situation of the Romanian Justice.
“ALDE representatives should have taken part in today’s consultation. They have not come in. ALDE is neither interested in a dialogue with the president of Romania, nor in the situation of Romania’s judiciary,” Iohannis said at Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He had consultations with representatives of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Save Romania Union (USR), People’s Movement Party (PMP), the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) and with the representatives of the minorities’ group other than Hungarian on Thursday, and with a PSD delegation on Friday on the situation of Justice.
ALDE’s Tariceanu: I sent a personal letter to President Iohannis, reiterating why we don’t attend the consultations
Chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu told a press conference in Targoviste that he sent a personal letter to President Klaus Iohannis on Friday morning, in which he reiterated the reasons for which the ALDE won’t participate in the consultations on the referendum at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
“Our party as a Liberal party has the defence of citizens’ rights and liberties as a supreme value. In the communist period, the civil rights and liberties were trampled, and the trampled was made by the tools of the regime. Mr Augustin Lazar was successfully part of these tools and he is Romania’s Prosecutor General. And because President Iohannis declares himself as anti-communist, I asked him to implement this anti-communist attitude and dismiss Augustin Lazar from the Prosecutor General office as a prerequisite for our participation in consultations. (…) It’s not possible that 30 years after the fall of communism, the person leading the Prosecutor General’s Office, from whom we expect a fair attitude regarding the law and an adequate moral profile, to lead the Prosecutor’s Office through all that he did by violating the rights of the political prisoners of the communist period,” Calin Popescu-Tariceanu stated.
The ALDE Chairman added that the manner in which the Cotroceni consultations were carried out reinforced him the idea that the decision not to attend was a fair one.
ALDE Chairman Tariceanu toured two economic landmarks in Dambovita county on Friday and at the end of the day he met with ALDE members of the area.
PSD’s Nicolicea after consultations with Iohannis: Parliament to endorse President ‘s referendum request
Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Social Democrat Eugen Nicolicea said on Friday that Parliament will endorse President Klaus Iohannis’s request regarding the May 26 referendum.
“As regards the referendum, I said this also in my capacity as House Deputy Speaker, just as it issued Opinion No. 5/2017, Parliament will endorse the President’s request to call a consultative referendum that has no decisional effects, with the recommendations made there, which were nothing else but excerpts from the Constitution, the Court’s rulings and the recommendations of the Venice Commission, leaving it to the President to start the referendum, word the question and take responsibility for this action; Parliament has no effective power whatsoever in this referendum,” Nicolicea said after consultations on the situation in Justice with the head of state at the Cotroceni Palace.
The delegation of the Social Democratic Party was made of Eugen Nicolicea and former political prisoners Marin Iancu and Ioan Muntean, who served time at Aiud; Marin Iancu is also a revolutionary.
Nicolicea presented the two proposals for referendum questions: “Fellow Romanians, is it moral, legal and constitutional, that 30 years after the bloody anti-communist December 1989 Revolution former torturers be tolerated in high-ranking positions of authority? Is it normal that, 30 years after the fall of the communist oppressive regime, former torturers be promoted to gigantic leadership positions?.”
Ioan Muntean said that at the end of the meeting he asked President Iohannis to sign the decree to remove from office Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar. He mentioned that Lazar was one of those who twice postponed his release from the Aiud Penitentiary.
“I asked the President to sign the decree to remove him from office and the President answered that he would see,” the former political prisoner said.
In his turn, Marin Iancu said that until his appearance on television he didn’t know who the prosecutor who had rejected his petition for release from prison was, but depicted him as a servant who cold-heartedly signed a four-year extension of his jail time.
President Iohannis also had a separate discussion with the two former political prisoners.