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PM Dancila: Majority that backs Gov’t strong, proven at vote for Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker. PM Dancila, President Iohannis discuss ministerial picks one by one

The parliamentary majority that is backing the current Government is further strong, a fact proven by the vote given on Wednesday at the election vote of the Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker, and it will go on with its mandate.

“The government has been invested by the Parliament based on the vote given by the Romanians in December 2016, and the parliamentary majority backing this gov’t is further strong, a fact also proven by the vote to electing the Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker on Wednesday. We will continue our mandate in accordance with the constitutional provisions. We have a ruling programme and a rotating Presidency of the EU Council with outcome appreciated by our external partners, therefore it is our duty to go on on this path. Still, it is essential a tighter relation with the people and to be much closer to their expectations. I am the Premier of all Romanians, regardless of the political beliefs, and like I said, I’ll take my mandate further,” Dancila said at the beginning of the Gov’t sitting.

The Social-democrat Marcel Ciolacu was elected on Wednesday by the lower house of the Parliament to be the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies.

 

PM Dancila, President Iohannis discuss ministerial picks one by one

 

Amidst talks of a government reshuffle, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Thursday that she had discussed with President Klaus Iohannis each pick for ministerial positions and hopes to receive an answer shortly.

“We need stability and continuity in government. I had a discussion today with President Iohannis on the appointment of the ministers, regarding the three portfolios that are held by acting ministers. We discussed the proposals one by one, including the pick for the post of deputy prime minister. Hopefully, we will get an answer from the president shortly. We will have a discussion inside the ruling bodies of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) as well, and also with the coalition partners, after which we will make a decision that reflects the citizens’ will as expressed at the referendum,’ Dancila said in the beginning of a government meeting.

 

Presidential Administration confirms Dancila-Iohannis meeting

 

“The Presidential Administration confirms the meeting that President Klaus Iohannis had today, at the Cotroceni Palace, with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. The two discussed the results of the referendum and the situation the Government is in, the discussions being necessary given the profound changes that have occurred in recent days after the May 26 elections,” reads a presidential press release.

 

Dancila after talks with Iohannis on three ministers: We hope for an answer soon

 

Premier Viorica Dancila stated on Thursday, at the start of the Government meeting, that she discussed with President Klaus Iohannis each nomination for the three ministries that are currently led by acting ministers, but also the Deputy Premier’s office, adding that she hopes that the Head of State will give an answer soon.

“We had a discussion at the Cotroceni Palace, regarding the nomination of the ministers and the enacting of the referendum. Regarding the three portfolios, we discussed each case and about the office of Deputy Premier, and we hope for an answer soon,” Premier Viorica Dancila stated.

On Wednesday, Viorica Dancila sent President Klaus Iohannis the nominations for the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of European Grants and Ministry for Romanian Diaspora, as well as the nomination for the office of Deputy Prime Minister for the Implementation of Strategic Partnerships.

Career diplomat Titus Corlatean was nominated as Deputy Prime Minister for the Implementation of Romania’s Strategic Partnerships; legal expert Ana Birchall was nominated as Justice Minister; Roxana Manzatu, who has 15 years’ experience in the European grants and European affairs domain, was nominated as European Grants Minister; Natalia Intotero was nominated for the Ministry for Romanian Diaspora, a portfolio she held previously.

Subsequently, political sources told MEDIAFAX that President Klaus Iohannis will not accept Titus Corlatean as Deputy Premier for the Implementation of Strategic Partnerships due to the way he organised the presidential elections of 2014 back when he was Foreign Minister.

 

I’m the Premier of all Romanians. I’ll continue my mandate

 

At the start of the Government meeting on Thursday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that she is “the Premier of all Romanians, regardless of political convictions.” “As I mentioned, I will continue my mandate,” she added.

“I’m the Premier of all Romanians, regardless of political convictions, and, as I mentioned, I will continue my mandate,” Viorica Dancila stated.

She pointed out that the Government was confirmed by Parliament based on the vote cast by Romanians in December 2016.

“The parliamentary majority that supports this Government continues to be solid, a fact proven including by the vote to elect the House Speaker. We will continue our mandate in line with constitutional provisions, we have a governance programme and, consequently, it is our duty to continue down this road. However, a much closer link with the people is essential, and we must be much closer to their expectations,” the Premier added.

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