Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Friday that President Klaus Iohannis will pay a political price for his constitutional revision attempt after a negative ruling on that by the Constitutional Court (CCR).
“We will be waiting for the CCR reasoned ruling to talk about the next steps we should take. It is clear that President Klaus Iohannis has to own up for this decision, which is not a constitutional one (…). As each of us pays for the decisions we make, I think President Klaus Iohannis will pay politically at least for this decision. (…) The President was wrong when he came up with this proposal that proved to be unconstitutional,” said Dancila.
The Constitutional Court on Thursday considered the constitutionality of two draft constitutional revisions submitted to Parliament after the 26 May referendum. Assessing the opportunity for collective or individual amnesty or pardon is the responsibility of Parliament and the President of Romania, and a general ban on granting them with respect to certain offences cannot be imposed.
Reactions to CCR’s rejection of PNL-USR and PSD-ALDE bills amending Constitution, tabled after May 26 referendum was validated
ICCJ’s Tarcea: I agree with the Court’s decision. The granting of amnesty must be regulated by law
When leaving the Supreme Council of Magistracy (CSM) headquarters, the head of the High Court of Cassation and Justice stated that she agrees with the CCR decision even though she did not read the substantiation because, in principle, the granting of amnesty must be regulated by law and forbidding the granting of amnesty for certain crimes is the lawmaker’s option.
“The institution of amnesty is regulated by the Criminal Procedure Code, by the Criminal Code, it’s regulated by law; so I can only agree, without reading the Constitutional Court’s substantiation, but in principle amnesty must be regulated by law,” Cristina Tarcea stated, referring to the CCR decision according to which the granting of amnesty cannot be forbidden by law.
“This is the lawmaker’s option, it can be forbidden by law, in certain circumstances, for certain crimes, but it’s the lawmaker’s option,” Cristina Tarcea added, referring to the possibility of not forbidding the granting of amnesty by law.
PSD’s Stefanescu: What Iohannis proposed at the referendum was an absurdity
Codrin Stefanescu has stated that Constitutional Court judges have unanimously decided that what President Klaus Iohannis proposed at the referendum is unconstitutional, “an absurdity” used to mislead people.
“Let’s recap: the CCR has unanimously decided that what Klaus proposed at the referendum is unconstitutional! Meaning an absurdity! Against the Constitution of Romania! Illegal! Hence, another fairy tale used to mislead many people,” Codrin Stefanescu wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
The magistrates have adopted the decision because forbidding the granting of amnesty and pardon for corruption crimes – as stipulated in the bills tabled – crosses the limits of amending the Constitution.
Tariceanu, after CCR’s decision on the review of the Constitution: Klaus Iohannis has led the people into a reckless adventure; he must resign unconditionally and immediately
The Senate’s Speaker and ALDE Chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Thursday, after the Constitutional Court’s decision on the review of the Constitution, that President Klaus Iohannis “has led the people into a reckless adventure” by calling them to express themselves on issues that are against the rule of law.
“A few hours ago, the Constitutional Court invalidated President Klaus Iohannis’ proposal on prohibiting amnesty and pardon for those who are accused of corruption deeds. It’s important to mention that there was an unanimity with a score of 8-0! This tells everything about how constitutional Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis’ initiative was! CCR’s decision is of a maximum gravity and it cannot remain without corresponding consequences”, Calin Popescu Tariceanu wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
“Because amnesty and pardon – meaning clemency for people in special situations – are measures that were born with the history, thousands of years ago, and no one, even communists, ever afforded to weaken them. Klaus Iohannis has no excuse: he was warned about it. After he announced his intentions, countless articles and analyses have been written, specialists sounded the alarm, he was warned even by his supporters. We also warned him many times, but we couldn’t persuade him. The Romanian Parliament respected the vote of May 26 and proposed draft laws that implement Mr. Iohannis’ desires, even if it warned about the fact that the initiatives are breaching the Fundamental Law”, Tariceanu stated.
The Senate’s Speaker says that “nothing impressed him, nothing made him stop his run to the selfish, petty satisfaction of his own political and electoral interests”.
“Klaus Iohannis succeeded to put the will of the Romanian people in the most delicate and serious position, calling them to express against some almost sacred rules regarding the rule of law, which exist in all the civilized countries of the world. Klaus Iohannis not even let the people choose as they want, he asked the people bluntly and continuously to choose as the President wants: who is not with me, is against me! Klaus Iohannis also dragged in his adventure the Romanian Parliament, which was forced to get involved in bringing the ideas of the Great Leader to life. For the serious attempts to deviate Romania from the rules of the universal rule of law, which were annihilated today by the Constitutional Court, President Klaus Iohannis must resign unconditionally and immediately. Immediately meaning immediately!”, Tariceanu also wrote.
USR’s Dan Barna: CCR judges have proven yet again that they’re the spearhead of lawbreakers
Save Romania Unions (USR) leader Dan Barna has stated that, through their decision to reject the bills tabled by PNL-USR and PSD-ALDE to amend the Constitution, CCR magistrates have proven that they are “the spearhead of lawbreakers in Romanian politics.”
“The CCR decision taken today (Thursday – editor’s note) is in flagrant contradiction with the will of the Romanians, expressed in the May 26 referendum. The USR will continue to fight, at parliamentary level, for both the transposition of the results of the May 26 referendum and the adoption of the ‘No Lawbreakers in Public Office’ civic initiative that garnered the signatures of more than one million Romanians and that has already been declared constitutional,” the USR pointed out in a press release remitted to MEDIAFAX on Thursday.
USR leader Dan Barna said that the CCR decision ignores the votes cast by more than 6.4 million Romanians in the May 26 referendum.
“Unfortunately, the incumbent judges of the Constitutional Court have proven, yet again, through today’s decision, that they are the spearhead of lawbreakers in Romanian politics, leaving them the loophole to grant themselves amnesty and pardon for corruption crimes. We are waiting for the substantiation of the CCR decision, but it’s hard to imagine the arguments on whose basis we cannot amend the Constitution so as to observe the results of the May 26 referendum and explicitly write the interdiction to grant amnesty and pardon for corruption crimes. The CCR decision taken today ignores the votes of more than 6.4 million Romanians and shows, once again, how vital the reformation of the CCR and the depoliticization of this institution is for the functioning of the rule of law and democracy,” Dan Barna stated, according to the mentioned source.
Ludovic Orban: The CCR decision is contrary to the will expressed by the citizens at the referendum of May 26; it can be interpreted as an unexpected gift by those who are accustomed to committing corruption deeds
PNL Chairman Ludovic Orban says that the CCR decision rejecting the legislative initiative for the review of the Constitution submitted by the Opposition parties “is surprising”, given that millions of Romanians expressed in favor of prohibiting amnesty and pardon for corruption deeds at the referendum of May 26, and the Court validated the referendum.
“Today’s decision is even more surprising since not even one month ago the Constitutional Court validated the referendum on justice. Consequently, it’s inexplicable that the judges of the Court decided to reject the draft law on the review of the Constitution initiated by PNL with its Opposition partners, given that it transposed exactly the questioned raised at the referendum. Right now, the Romanian Constitution doesn’t provide the fundamental right to be pardoned or amnestied. Moreover, CCR’s decision can be interpreted as an unexpected gift by those who are accustomed to committing corruption deeds”, Ludovic Orban stated in a press release on Thursday.
Orban told PSD-ALDE “not to try to take advantage by a political manner of the Court’s decision and to stop acting against the citizens’ will”.
“Otherwise, Romanians will sanction them severely at the elections to take place in a few months, and the current majority will miss the score obtained at the EP elections. I also remind that as a result of the CCR Decision no.682/2012, legal provisions that are contrary to the citizens’ will cannot be adopted”, Orban also wrote. He says that the overwhelming vote given at the referendum on justice cannot be ignored.
“Romanians expressed themselves very clearly on May 26, in favor of prohibiting amnesty and pardon for corruption deeds and in favor of prohibiting emergency ordinances in the field of justice and extending the right to challenge the ordinances directly to CCR. Therefore, National Liberal Party will make sure that the citizens’ will expressed at the referendum of May 26 will be transposed into a law, so that the thieves will not be able anymore to rule the state, and those who steal will be punished”, reads the press release.
Raluca Turcan: Odd CCR decision. They seem to be in favour of felons again
PNL First Vice President Raluca Turcan considers that the CCR decision to reject the Opposition and PSD-ALDE’s bills amending the Constitution is “odd” and points out that it seems to be a decision in favour of felons.
“Odd CCR decision. They seem to be in favour of felons again. Like the previous one which saw, at Florin Iordache’s request, the great felons coming off victorious. The PNL does not renounce transposing the referendum into LAW. Six and a half million votes CANNOT be ignored. We are waiting for the CCR’s substantiation and we will re-table the bill in Parliament, without the aspects criticised by the CCR,” Raluca Turcan wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
PNL’s House whip added that a debate on the reforming and functioning of the Constitutional Court is necessary in Romanian society.
“And, last but not least, I believe we must have a serious debate on reorganising the way the CCR functions: depoliticising the CCR, modifying its structure, the procedure used when appointing judges, and the way in which the decisions are taken. The CCR must be an institution capable of fulfilling its constitutional role in favour of all Romanians,” Turcan concluded.