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Protest outside MAE headquarters asking Foreign Minister’s resignation for the manner in which voting unfolded in the polling stations abroad. ForMin Melescanu: I apologize to Romanians in Diaspora, ordered investigation inquiry where regrettable situations occurred

Several dozens of people protested on Monday evening outside the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), asking the resignation of Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, regarding the manner in which the voting unfolded in the polling stations opened for the Romanians abroad.

A group of protesters who initially protested in Victoriei Square went to the MAE headquarters, chanting slogans such as “Everybody has the right to vote” and “Teodor Melescanu, resign.”

Several hundred people gathered on Monday evening in Victoriei Square to protest against the Government and the coalition in power, but also to celebrate the results obtained by the opposition parties on the European elections held on Sunday.

The people who gathered outside the Gov’t headquarters waved Romania’s and the EU’s flags and displayed banners with the following messages “Down with the perpetrators!” and “#likeafool.” Moreover, the protesters chanted slogans such as “Resign!,” “Down with the Gov’t!,” “PSD, the red plague.”

The protesters showed solidarity with the Romanians who couldn’t vote on Sunday in the polling stations established abroad because of the manner in which the voting was organised. They chanted “Diaspora.”

 

ForMin Melescanu: I apologize to Romanians in Diaspora, ordered investigation inquiry where regrettable situations occurred

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu apologizes to the Romanians in the Diaspora who could not cast their vote on Sunday or stood in line to vote, adding he ordered an inquiry in the countries where such problems occurred.

“I wish to express my regret and apologize to all the Romanians in the Diaspora who could not cast their vote or had to stand in line for hours to vote. Despite the measures taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) regarding the increase of the number of the polling stations abroad, which have reached 441, the voting process in several countries, in Europe in particular, did not unfold in good or satisfactory conditions. As a consequence, I have ordered an inquiry in the countries where regrettable situations were signaled, to find out the causes and the necessary measures to avoid the repetition of such events,” the minister says in a message in the context of the organisation of the European election and the referendum abroad, according to the MAE release.

Moreover, Melescanu adds that he demanded the urgent drafting of an analysis at the MAE level to identify concrete solutions and proposals of legislative amendments that would contribute to the development of a voting system tailored to the Diaspora’s needs.

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