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Dancila on President’s delayed answer on rejected ministers: We mustn’t wait until acting leaderships end

Premier Viorica Dancila stated on Tuesday that we must not wait until the acting leaderships of three ministries end, after the nominated ministers were rejected by the President, adding that the Head of State should come up with an answer regarding the substantiation of his rejection decision.

“I believe it is up to each person who holds public office to do their duty. We mustn’t wait until the acting leadership ends to have an answer. I know that the acting leadership ends on June 6-7,” Viorica Dancila said when asked about the answers she is waiting from President Klaus Iohannis.

The Premier added that she hopes the reasons invoked would pertain to legality, not advisability, because that must be the condition of the rejection. “After this summit, after this week, I believe I will call him (the President – editor’s note), because it is normal for the Government, for the coalition, to know what they are doing.”

The Head of Government stated last Friday that she is waiting for President Klaus Iohannis’s substantiation of his refusal to appoint in office the three nominated ministers, in order to see the legality causes that stood at the basis of his decision.

Most of the Social Democrats want the Government to be restructured through a vote in Parliament. Referring to this issue, Liviu Dragnea stated on April 25 that there is a comfortable majority in Parliament and Premier Viorica Dancila can resort to the option of restructuring the Government through a vote in Parliament, but that he cannot take the liberty to force the Premier if the latter does not want to adopt the said option.

The proposed Government reshuffle, refused by the President, consisted of Eugen Nicolicea replacing Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, Oana Florea replacing European Grants Minister Rovana Plumb, and Liviu Brailoiu replacing Romanian Diaspora Minister Natalia Intotero. Natalia Intotero and Rovana Plumb resigned in order to run in the European Parliament elections. As for Tudorel Toader, the PSD decided to withdraw its political support for him.

At present, the three ministries are led by the following acting ministers: Ana Birchal (Justice Ministry), Eugen Teodorovici (European Grants Ministry) and Stefan Radu Oprea (Romanian Diaspora Ministry).

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