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CCR registers Gov’t notification on possible legal conflict with President Iohannis. 11 September, deadline for Government, Presidency to send views to the Court. President Klaus Iohannis: I categorically reject the nominated interim ministers. I warn the PSD to rapidly put an end to this political crisis

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has registered the Government’s notification about a possible legal conflict of a constitutional nature between the Executive and Romania’s President on the refusal of the head of state to appoint the interim ministers, Court officials told AGERPRES on Thursday.

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has set the date of 11 September as the deadline for the submission of the views from the Government and the Presidency on the existence of a legal conflict on the refusal of the head of state to appoint ministers, CCR officials added.

According to art. 35 of Law 47/1992 on the organization and functioning of the Constitutional Court, the president of the CCR, after receiving the request, communicates it to the parties in conflict, asking them to express in writing, within the established term, the point of view on the content of the conflict and the possible ways to settle it, while also appointing a judge-rapporteur.

 

Dancila: I’ve sent to CCR the notification regarding the President’s refusal to appoint the interim ministers; we should see it as a means to have rules in the future

 

Premier Viorica Dancila stated on Thursday that the Constitutional Court has been notified about the President’s refusal to appoint interim ministers and pointed out that the notification should also be looked upon as a means to have rules in the future. “Beyond the political fighting, it is not necessary and timely to block the Government’s activity,” the Premier said, pointing out that it was not possible to hold this week’s Government meeting.

“I expect the President to come up with a decision that would show that he wants a normal Romania, a Romania in which the Government works as it should too,” Premier Viorica Dancila stated .

Asked whether she will still send to the Constitutional Court the notification regarding the President’s refusal to appoint interim ministers, in case President Klaus Iohannis announces during his press statement at 6 p.m. that he accepts the nominations, Dancila said: “I have sent [it] to the Constitutional Court. If he comes up with the proposal for the interim ministers, a part of the notification will no longer have an object, but in the notification we also talked about the five ministers nominated by the PSD, because we are yet to have a substantiation of the decision to reject them. I believe we should see the notifying of the Constitutional Court also as a means to have some rules in the future, to establish some rules, because I believe that beyond the political fighting it is not necessary and timely to block the Government’s activity, considering that there are projects we are doing for the citizens.”

In what concerns the blocking of the Government’s activity, Dancila claims that the ordinance on extending the period in which voters can register for postal voting could not be adopted.

“We weren’t able to do this, there are very many objectives that can no longer wait. This gridlock has meant that everything we had as order of business, we must carry over to next week, and I believe this is not normal,” Dancila added.

Likewise, Dancila pointed out that she will seek to obtain Parliament’s confirmation vote for the Cabinet’s new structure while the interim ministers are in office.

 

President Klaus Iohannis: I categorically reject the nominated interim ministers. I warn the PSD to rapidly put an end to this political crisis

 

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday that he categorically rejects the interim ministers nominated for the portfolios previously held by ALDE, a party whose representatives have left the Government. The statement came after the Government notified the Constitutional Court about the President’s refusal to appoint the interim ministers.

The President noted that the PSD has changed three Governments and 80 ministers in three years, something that has brought about instability.

“These very days, the Premier once again wants to replace no fewer than 8 ministers, namely one third of the Government. (…) During this whole time, the PSD has rendered the office of minister devoid of content. I warn the PSD to rapidly put an end to this political crisis,” Iohannis said.

Premier Viorica Dancila had nominated three interim ministers for the portfolios previously held by ALDE: Energy Ministry – Niculae Badalau; Environment Ministry – Ioan Denes; Liaison with Parliament – Radu Oprea.

 

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