President Klaus Iohannis continues talks for the appointment of a new prime minister on Monday and Tuesday.
According to political sources, President Klaus Iohannis will meet on Monday Pro Romania Chairman Victor Ponta, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) national leader Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, People’s Movement Party (PMP) national leader Eugen Tomac, representatives of national minorities and national leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban.
On Tuesday, the head of state would meet national leader of the Save Romania Union (USR) Dan Barna and national leader of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Kelemen Hunor.
On Friday, President Klaus Iohannis had talks with parliamentary parties and formations. Representatives for the Social Democratic Party (PSD) did not show up.
After consultations, the president said that a caretaker government is needed, adding that he prefers a political one, and most likely it would be of or around PNL.
Iohannis said he intended to nominate a prime minister by Tuesday, at the latest, adding that the nominee would not be of PSD.
“The consultations started today will continue on Monday, maybe Tuesday, in a narrower formula, to clarify what needs to be done and why. But I want everyone to know that I intend to make an appointment quickly. On Monday, perhaps Tuesday, at the latest I will nominate a prime minister who will come before Parliament with a proposal for a government. Let the context of the appointment be very clear: I will not appoint a PSD member, I will not appoint PSD members for the next government,” Iohannis added.
Head of State to Liberals: You will govern with transitional Government
President Klaus Iohannis told the Liberals on Sunday to prepare for government and said he wishes to win the presidential, local and parliamentary elections alongside the National Liberal Party (PNL).
“We have a difficult stumble block to overcome. The motion has passed, the Romanians are feeling relieved, but a very, very difficult time awaits you. At the beginning, when I went to the regional elections I said: Prepare for government! Now I say to you: Be prepared for government! This period will be very difficult because the PSD [the Social Democratic Party] is still there, the PSD has by far the most parliamentarians in the Romanian Parliament, the PSD controls most of Romania’s counties, the PSD has – I hope we will soon get through this stage – most of the mayors in Romania. (…) You will govern with a transitional government. This is clear. I announced it immediately after the first round of consultations,” the head of state said on Sunday in Timisoara at the West Region Romania meeting of the PNL organizations.
He warned the Liberals that they will be attacked by the PSD, who have already begun to peddle “scary falsehoods.”
“They will all attack you, with the PSD people in the lead, and don’t think that those in the PSD will easily relinquish power. They will not. They have already begun to peddle PSD-like scary falsehoods and to dismantle the first great PSD lie, I am telling you and all the Romanians in all responsibility: There will be no cuts of pensions and salaries! There will be other PSD attempts. I expect all sorts of obstacles. They will try to boycott the vote of the new Parliament [e.n.- Government], they will try to go to the CCR [e.n.- the Constitutional Court of Romania], they will try the all sorts of schemes to prevent the PNL from starting to work for Romanians. I am telling you these things not to frighten you, not that I could do that, I am telling you these things so that you be prepared to continue the fight, that we can finally get to rebuild Romania, to make Romania normal again, a European Romania with functional institutions, with a flourishing economy, in which professionals and deserving people get to the helm of institutions, in which the education system works very well and makes us proud of the generations that come after us (…),” Iohannis affirmed.