President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that the current Government needs a new confirmation in Parliament and asked for this procedure to be triggered.
“After the elections, with a new constitutional majority, we can do much more together. Until then, at present, the current Government needs a new confirmation in Parliament through a procedure I am asking to be triggered. If – if – the new government configuration passes Parliament, I am telling those at rule that I will stay firm on my position of defender of democratic values, rule of law, the pro-western development model, which most Romanians deserve and desire. I will not allow the PSD [Social Democratic Party] to mock Romania and Romanians! If, nevertheless, the new government configuration isn’t approved, I assure the Romanians that there are concrete, democratic and constitutional solutions for Romania not to enter a profound crisis,” the head of state said in a press statement at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He maintained that there are enough votes in Parliament for a transition solution meant to replace the current government, underscoring that the Opposition parties must have a “reasonable” behaviour.
“If all who understand that this toxic governance cannot continue want to prove responsibility, there are enough votes in Parliament to endorse even a transition solution, meant to replace the current government and stop the current disaster. The Opposition parties, all of them, must have a reasonable behaviour, in case of crisis. Only Romanians’ vote can configure a new majority meant to put into practice the vision which me and many others, people of good faith, pro-Europeans, pro-west people, supporters of democracy and the rule of law support,” Iohannis said.
According to him, Romania needs “an authentic and profound change, to reset the state, to fix what was broken all these years and to prepare a new governance which should fight for Romanians this time.”
“The vote on 26 May gives me the legitimacy to explicitly oppose the proposals the PSD is making, as I have done repeatedly. I will further oppose the PSD attempts to stray Romania from the right direction. Along my mandate, I have protected democracy in crucial moments, I have kept Romania on its European path, I have blocked many of the assaults on Justice, I mobilised 6.4 million Romanians to save the fight against corruption, I have gotten involved to guarantee the right of the Romanians in the diaspora to vote in normal and decent conditions,” Iohannis showed.
The head of state mentioned that, regardless of the internal political situation, Romania remains a stable country, a consolidated democracy, with many institutions that are still powerful and efficient, with a functioning and dynamic private economy, with an active and involved civil society.
“Romanians are dynamic, they react and are asking for their rights, and the political class must react correctly and normally, to put Romanians’ vote into practice. Yes, we need a wide, pro-European political majority, with which we can relaunch Romania, which will ensure a good governance and support the fight against corruption. We need a resetting of the state in its entirety. But nothing can be done without the support, the involvement and the participation of Romania’s citizens. That is why, dear Romanians, I am counting on your vote, because only together we can build a normal Romania!,” Iohannis concluded.
I fully reject the reshuffle proposed by PM
He also stressed on Wednesday that he will not accept any proposal for government reshuffle.
“First of all, I will not accept any proposal for a reshuffle from this government; not only because this government has changed its political composition, but because its proposals are simply unacceptable. I fully reject the reshuffle proposed by the prime minister,’ Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He provided his reasons for rejecting Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s picks for justice minister, education minister and deputy prime minister for economic issues.
“I am rejecting the proposal for the justice minister. I will not tolerate the vote cast on May 26 being ignored, when the programme of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) to destroy justice, to stop the anti-corruption fight and to completely turn Romania into baron’s fiefs was blocked by the vote of Romanians. PSD and ALDE are to be blamed for the current disaster, for the politicisation of the institutions and I will not tolerate proposals that are totally against the democratic values in which most Romanians believe and in which I believe. I reject the proposal for the education minister. I will not accept proposals that will weaken key areas to Romania, such as education – the area where we do not need solutions of the past, but taking on large projects, such as Educated Romania, which involves reforms at a level that PSD does not seem to accept nor is able to perform. I am also rejecting the proposal for the position of deputy prime minister for economic issues. There are also decisions taken, on behalf of the Romanian state, under a strategic partnership with the western countries that I do not want to jeopardize with appointments such as those put forth by PSD. Romania has a European road, a road to travel to consolidate its rule of law and democratic values, and cannot accept proposals contrary to its direction,” said Iohannis.
He added that a PSD government is not suitable for Romania.
“The mess at the level of the government that has been deepened these days confirms the contempt with which PSD and ALDE continue to treat the Romanians. Their own interests are, again, above the interests of the citizen and the government of this country for the people. But it should come as no surprise to anyone; on the contrary, it is the natural result of two and a half years of chaotic, incompetent and corrupt governance. By the May 26 vote, the Romanians sent an extremely clear message to PSD and ALDE , which they, PSD and ALDE, simply pretend not to understand. In a normal Romania, a vote like the one in the referendum on May 26 would have determined the immediate resignation of the government. When 6.4 million Romanians tell you directly that you are taking the country on the wrong track, there is nothing left for you to do but go home; I am still convinced that a PSD government is not suitable for Romania and cannot stay in power. This toxic government is still kept alive by the parliamentary configuration voted in December 2016,” the president said.
Iohannis mentioned that he would not support the current government through his decisions.
“PSD and ALDE are both to be blamed for the failure of this government. ALDE’s attempts to wash their hands now off and stay away from this government are simply ridiculous. After sitting at the same table with PSD and taking measures against the Romanians and Romania, after acquiescing to the massacre of the justice legislation and the adoption of wrong economic measures, you no longer fool anybody into believing that you are not to be blamed,” said Iohannis.
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Monday submitted her picks for education, justice, and interior ministers to President Iohannis for approval, government sources have told AGERPRES.
The Executive Committee of the majority Social Democratic Party (PSD) on Friday validated Dana Girbovan for justice minister, Serban Valeca for education minister and Mihai Fifor for interior minister.
It also validated Ana Birchall as deputy prime minister for strategic partnerships and Iulian Iancu as deputy prime minister for the economy.
Iohannis tells PM proposals for European Commissioner are not right
President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday specified he informed PM Viorica Dancila about the proposals for the office of European Commissioner not being right.
The head of the state on Wednesday told an informal discussion with journalists that the PM only informed and not consulted him in making the two proposals, Rovana Plumb and Dan Nica respectively.
Thus, President Iohannis told the PM the two proposals are not right and there is a risk they will be rejected by the European Parliament, in which context he showed Romania won’t have other chances to get a good portfolio.
Prime Minister fires back
We’ll go to Parliament and try to get support to carry mandate through
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Wednesday said that the Government she is heading will continue its activity in spite of the “obstacles” over the recent days and it will go to Parliament to get the necessary support to carry through its mandate.
“In spite of all these obstacles of late and in spite of all these gentlemen who pretend to be men of state, who, for electoral reasons, maintain instability, we will continue our activity. We’ll go to Parliament and we’ll try to get the necessary support to carry our mandate through. I am saying this not because we are holding on to our positions, as some say, but because we have a responsibility to the country and to Romanians, we have the responsibility to carry through our governance programme, as we promised in 2016,” Viorica Dancila said at the Victoria Governmental Palace.
I urge candidate Iohannis to show evidence to confirm Gov’t is corrupt
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila asked “candidate” Klaus Iohannis to urgently present “evidence” to support his statement that the Government she is heading is corrupt, as the President’s statement “deeply damages Romania’s image.”
“It is absolutely revolting that Mr. Iohannis utters from the official tribune of the Presidential Administration the phrase ‘Corrupt Government.’ I urge candidate Klaus Iohannis to urgently present evidence for this statement that deeply damages Romania’s image. I assure all Romanians that as far as I am concerned there has never been any corruption act or any judicial issue that could taint my activity. Mr. Iohannis is selling his slogan, however, he doesn’t truly want any normal government, any normal Parliament or any normal society. This Government that Mr. Iohannis says is incompetent is the same Government commended by President Trump for its economic performances, it is the same Government praised by all European Union member states and by all European officials for the good management of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the same Government that has raised Romanians’ incomes and made investments in almost all local communities. It is the same government that obtained the citizens’ trust by the vote in 2016, because that vote has given the parliamentary support for today’s Government. I will never tolerate the Romanians’ vote be discredited,” Dancila said at the Victoria Governmental Palace on Wednesday.
“President Iohannis replaces constitutional duty of mediator with saboteur”
She also stated that President Iohannis “replaced his constitutional duty of a mediator among parties with that of a saboteur,” claiming that the head of the state doesn’t understand that Romania need its political class to show maturity.
“Presidential candidate Klaus Iohannis (…) doesn’t understand his constitutional role even after five years since he became the President of Romania. (…) For Mr Iohannis replaced his constitutional duty of a mediator among parties with that of a saboteur. The President doesn’t understand how much Romania needs its political class to show maturity,” said Dancila, at the Victoria Governmental Palace.
Opposition leaders react to President Iohannis’s statement
PNL’ s Orban: After no-confidence motion we will try to provoke snap elections
President of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban, considers that snap elections would represent the best solution for Romania, but added that the PNL is ready to assume the responsibility of governing, even if the solution of snap elections isn’t possible.
“After the censure motion we will try to provoke snap elections. Regardless if the option is for a transition government formula, for which a political agreement would be absolutely necessary, containing all political parties, except PSD [Social Democrat Party] – because that’s the parliamentary structure – or without, if a political agreement can’t be reached. In order to get to snap elections it’s necessary that two government proposals be rejected by Parliament. (…) With the current structure of Parliament it’s extremely difficult to create a parliamentary majority, that would support a normal government, a decent government. Think about it, how could you see us, for example, in a government together with political parties that come from the PSD or which have vouched, or were together with the PSD in governing?” the PNL chair stated, for private broadcaster Digi 24.
He asserted that the structure of the current Parliament “almost does not have the capacity to generate a responsible government”, favorable to substantial reforms.
“The probability of being able to generate a parliamentary majority that would be favorable to substantial reforms, that would undo all the damage and all the disasters that were the products of the government after December 2016, is not very high, it’s almost close to zero. In order to generate a government, you need a governing program that would be supported by all those who participate in forming a parliamentary majority that invests its trust in the government. The current Parliament is the result of the vote of December 2016, even if PSD members left since then, went to PRO Romania or to ALDE [Alliance of Liberals and Democrats]. The structure of the current Parliament is a structure that, in my opinion, almost does not have the capacity to generate a responsible government which would give a true program to repair the damages in the first phase and restore all economic balances,” Orban said.
Orban added that even though snap elections represent “the best solution for Romania”, the PNL is ready to assume the responsibility of governing.
The PNL leader also said that the censure motion will be submitted when 234 signatures are collected in its favor.
PMP’s Tomac: Rejection by Klaus Iohannis of government reshuffle was predictable and necessary
The chairman of the People’s Movement Party (PMP), Eugen Tomac, believes that the rejection by Klaus Iohannis of the government reshuffle was “predictable and, in equal measure, necessary” and that the Social Democratic Party (PSD) “has no sort of legitimacy at all”.
“Viorica Dancila will be, anyway, obligated to go to Parliament for a government reshuffle. After the vote in Parliament, most probably the PSD will go into opposition for many years. The Dancila Government is living out its last moments,” said on Wednesday evening Tomac for AGERPRES.
He added that the PSD has “no sort of legitimacy at all” – neither parliamentary, nor when it comes to the support of the population.
“PSD is keeping Viorica Dancila on pills, trying to induce the illusion of eternal power, while the edifice on which the current government is built has collapsed. PSD has no sort of legitimacy at all – nor parliamentary, nor when it comes to the support of the population. The PSD government functions against the will of Romanians,” the chair of the PMP stated.
PNL’s Turcan: PM Dancila must resign or bring Gov’t before Parliament
Leader of Liberal Deputies Raluca Turcan on Wednesday stated that PM Viorica Dancila must resign or bring the Government for a vote in Parliament.
“We need either the resignation of Mrs Viorica Dancila, a vote for restructuring in Parliament or a vote for the motion of censure. These are the three possibilities that we can consider in the next interval to lead Romania out of the crisis generated by incompetence, populism and corruption. For, if Romania continues to mean something for Mrs Dancila, than she will resign or come before Parliament,” Turcan said in a press statement sent to AGERPRES.
She also said PSD-ALDE (Social Democratic Party – Alliance of Liberals and Democrats) government fails in every field, including in politics.
“The honest and responsible solution is the motion of censure signed and voted by a minimum of 234 MPs, which should not be a problem in the current context. Mrs Dancila running from responsibility at this point is as blamable as governing against the Romanians’ interests, which PSD-ALDE did. For both PSD and ALDE lost any resource of credibility they had,” stated Turcan.