President Klaus Iohannis has called on parliamentary parties and formations for talks on Friday for the appointment of a new prime minister.
“We are all responsible to find, as urgent as possible, a democratic solution to the current political crisis. I have decided to call on the parliamentary parties for consultations tomorrow, at 13:00hrs. We don’t have any minute to spare. I am urging Parliament to work quickly so that next week a Government may be voted in office with full powers, a Government together with which I can dedicate myself one hundred percent to combating the effects of the novel coronavirus spreading, having then all the leverages to take the necessary measures,” Iohannis said Thursday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He argued that Florin Citu’s decision to tender his resignation as Prime Minister-designate doesn’t affect anything, because Romania has a functional Government.
“I want to underscore that this decision doesn’t change the fact that, currently, Romania has a running Government, that proved to act with all the determination and responsibility to make all the necessary decisions to stop the spreading of the novel coronavirus infections. Because of these measures, even if they are more drastic, but taken in due time, the number of infected has remained pretty low in Romania,” Iohannis said.
The President added that the number one priority these days is protecting peoples’ health.
“Political battles and matches have no point in the current context,” Klaus Iohannis argued.
According to the Presidential Administration, the head of state will hold consultations with the National Liberal Party (PNL) starting 13:00hrs, with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) starting 13:30hrs, with the Save Romania Union (USR) as of 14:00hrs, with the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) from 14:30hrs, with the People’s Movement Party (PMP) as of 15:00hrs, with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) as of 15:30hrs, with the Pro Europa as of 16:00hrs and with the parliamentary group of national minorities as of 16:30hrs.
After the consultations, the head of state is expected to announce the new Prime Minister-designate.
Florin Citu asserts his mandate has been to maintain prospect of early elections
Resigning PM-designate Florin Citu said on Friday that his mandate as prime minister has been to maintain the prospect of early elections and that he would not have accepted the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) votes.
“The PSD has behaved irresponsibly throughout this period. I have asked them for four months not to vote in Parliament for populist laws that blow up the budget. Yesterday they passed such a law. How can one negotiate with these people? These people are toxic and when I said “Romania without PSD”, this is how it should be. You have to keep in mind that my mandate was to maintain the early elections. It was a draft that I accepted with all the partners in the Opposition. Some opposition partners with whom we should talk some more, who have changed their minds in the meantime,” Citu told Parliament, before the PNL Executive Bureau meeting.
Asked if the option to take over the government was considered, Florin Citu said: “But not with the PSD and ALDE votes”.
Acting PM Orban: I’ll self-isolate at Vila Lac 1, won’t go to Cotroceni political consultations
Acting Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, the PNL (National Liberal Party) head, announced on Friday that he is going to self-isolate himself after Liberal senator Vergil Chitac tested positive for COVID-19.
The two have attended the meeting of the PNL’s National Standing Bureau (BPN) on Thursday.
“I’ll self-isolate at Vila Lac 1,” Orban said, adding he won’t go to the consultations called by President Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace for the designation of another Premier.
In addition to the news that the Liberal senator Chitac has tested positive for coronavirus, all of the members of the PNL BPN will self-isolate at their domiciles, Ludovic Orban said.