PLUS leader Dacian Ciolos has stated that had he been in President Klaus Iohannis’s shoes he would not have appointed Viorica Dancila as Premier, because he knows her from the time she was MEP and he knows “what her brain is capable of.”
“No, I wouldn’t have appointed her. No, because I know Mrs Dancila from back when she was in the European Parliament, and I know what her brain is capable of. I’m telling you from the side lines that I wouldn’t have appointed her. But the President appointed her probably based on the data on his table and the strategy he had. She proves even now that she isn’t a good Premier,” Dacian Ciolos stated on Wednesday evening on RealitateaTV.
He added that he talks frequently with the Head of State and in their latest discussion they talked about the strategy at the referendum. Ciolos added that on Wednesday he talked with Ludovic Orban about the coordination of the campaign not only for the European Parliament elections but also for the referendum.
“I frequently have phone conversations with the President. It was a private conversation and I don’t intend to give details on it. We discussed the referendum and the way we can promote the referendum. Yes, today I had a discussion on this topic with Ludovic Orban too; in the following period it would be good to coordinate our campaign not only for the European Parliament elections but also for the referendum too. The vote for the referendum is important,” Ciolos concluded.
Former technocratic Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos stated on Sunday, in Timisoara, that the USR-PLUS proposes the amending of the Constitution, in the sense that the Romanian President would take responsibility for the decisions taken, pointing out that if one appoints all of Liviu Dragnea’s puppets at the helm of the Government then one must take responsibility for it. The PLUS leader said that the future Constitution should also stipulate that Parliament would be dissolved if a referendum on the impeachment of the Head of State fails.
Ciolos on the break-up of the USR-PLUS Alliance and the presidential elections: There are no major dissensions and there is no potential break-up
Asked for his comments on the rumoured disagreements between the USR and PLUS, Dacian Ciolos stated that there are no major disagreements and the break-up of the USR-PLUS Alliance is out of the question, considering that it is an electoral alliance for the European Parliament elections.
“After the European Parliament elections, we will run an assessment on the way the alliance was perceived, and we will decide whether we will have a joint candidate and what candidate we will support. But these discussions… There are no major dissensions and there is no potential break-up. We have formed an electoral alliance for the European Parliament elections, so there is nothing to break up after that; we will decide whether we will continue and whether we will support a joint candidate in the European Parliament elections,” Dacian Ciolos stated on Wednesday evening on RealitateaTV.
The PLUS leader pointed out that the USR-PLUS Alliance could have a presidential candidate or each of the constituent parties could have a candidate.
“There may be an Alliance candidate or there may be separate party candidates. We have talked with no other parties except for the USR. We discussed with the USR, in principle, that immediately after the European Parliament elections we will discuss about supporting a joint candidate in the presidential elections.”
Asked whether he could be the Alliance’s candidate in the presidential elections, Ciolos said: “No. It’s an option, but not a decided option and not the only option.”
In early February, when the USR-PLUS Alliance announced its European Parliament elections candidates, with Dacian Ciolos topping the list, Ciolos stated, in reference to his presidential candidacy on behalf of the alliance, that “anything is possible,” nevertheless pointing out that this is a topic that he is yet to discuss with the members of the party led by Dan Barna.