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Dancila calls Iohannis, President to soon comment on interim ministers: Gov’t not blocked, we wait for President’s answer on ALDE portfolios

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Monday had a phone conversation with President Klaus Iohannis about her picks for interim ministers.

According to the sources, Iohannis told the prime minister that he would respond “very soon” about the picks.

Dancila stated at the Parliament, where she had meetings with the group of PSD deputies, the group of social-democratic senators, as well as with the group of national minorities,  that President Klaus Iohannis had told her that he would give her an answer “in a short time” about the proposals she made for the portfolios that were held by ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, ed. n.), and added that the Government is not blocked.

“I spoke to Mr President and he told me that in connection with the three proposals I have made for ALDE portfolios he will give me an answer in a short time. He did not tell me that he accepts or that he does not accept. He told me that in a short period of time he will come up with an answer. We are waiting in a relatively short time,” Dancila said, at Parliament.

Asked whether the Government is blocked, Dancila replied: “The Government is not blocked, the Government is working. We will have a Government meeting either on Wednesday or Thursday, so we hope that by then we will have an answer”.

Last month, Dancila submitted to Iohannis her picks for education, justice and interior ministers. They were validated by the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (PSD): Dana Girbovan for justice minister; Serban Valeca for education minister and Mihai Fifor for interior minister. Also validated were Ana Birchall for deputy prime minister in charge with strategic partnerships and Iulian Iancu as deputy prime minister for economic issues.

Two days later, Iohannis announced he was denying any proposal for government reshuffle.

On Friday, Iohannis signed a decree taking note of the resignation of Gratiela Leocadia Gavrilescu as minister of the environment; Anton Anton as minister of energy, and Viorel Ilie as minister for Parliament, as well as the termination of their capacity as members of the government. All three of them are members of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) and they resigned after ALDE pulled out of government. Picked to replace them on an interim basis were Minister of Economy Niculae Badalau as energy minister; Minister for Water and Forestry Ioan Denes as environmental minister, and at Minister for the Business Environment, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Radu Oprea as minister for Parliament, according to political sources.

On a visit to Constanta on Friday, Dancila said she did not understand why the president rejected her five ministerial picks, given that they are highly trained and professionally praised, adding that she would call Iohannis for an opinion about the activity of the government.

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