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September 23, 2021

PSD’s Ciolacu files complaint with CNCD against Iohannis’ statements regarding autonomy of Szeklerland

Interim Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu announced on his Facebook account that he has filed a complaint on Monday with the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) against President Klaus Iohannis, following the latter’s statements regarding the “agreement” between Social-Democrats and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) on the draft law on the autonomy of the Szeklerland.

The PSD notifies the CNCD against Klaus Iohannis for “the deliberate and repeated manner in which he makes discriminatory statements against the PSD, its members and leaders,” as the complaint shows.

“Concretely, on 29.04.2020, in a press statement, President Iohannis made serious statements, without presenting any kind of evidence or document, according to which the PSD, in complicity with the UDMR and the Government in Budapest, would have had an agreement to give Transylvania away: ‘The great PSD is fighting in the secret offices of Parliament to give Transylvania away to the Hungarians’ or ‘ Jo napot, Ciolacu! What has the leader of Budapest, Viktor Orban, promised you in exchange for this agreement?’. Basically, abusing his position as head of the Romanian state, President Iohannis knowingly issues accusations and value judgments with a profound discriminatory character and incitement to hatred, without any basis. (…)’,” the document also shows.

The PSD added that, in this context, President Iohannis’ recent speeches aim to “manipulate and induce among Romanian citizens the idea that the PSD and its members would threaten the integrity of the Romanian state, the independence and sovereignty of Romania, in complicity with Viktor Orban’s Government in Budapest.”


President Iohannis: I don’t have any problem with Hungarian ethnics, but with politicians, especially Social-Democrats


On the other hand, President Klaus Iohannis has stated on Monday that he has no problem with the Hungarian ethnics, but with the politicians, especially those with the Social Democratic Party (PSD), because they promote legislation for the autonomy of the Szeklerland.

“I cannot leave unmentioned a topic I brought to discussion last week and which created concerns for many – the matter in Parliament regarding the autonomy of the territory which is called the Szeklerland in Transylvania. I made some statements then and I hope I was well understood. I don’t have any problem with the people of Hungarian ethnicity, I know many of them, I had many colleagues, I still have colleagues, I respect them, the vast majority are good people, hardworking, who are minding their own business. The problem I have is with the politicians, especially with the PSD politicians, who, to make matters worse, tried to promote a piece of legislation regarding the autonomy of the Szeklerland. It is surprising and (…) and I think it is upsetting for many of you. The Social-Democrats tried to walk away clean and after a short while, they introduced the legislation in the Senate, where they rejected it, but here comes evidence that it was not a singular issue,” the head of state told a news briefing at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.


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