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President Iohannis: If epidemic does not worsen, strict safety measures are on, elections can be held

President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that the local elections could be held if the epidemic did not worsen and strict health safety measures were taken.

“This is how democracy works: elections are held from time to time. They were supposed to be held in June; they could not be organised then because there was no way to organise them with enough safety measures. They have been postponed; Parliament has decided that the local elections will take place on [September] 27. So neither I nor the Government has established that; it has been established by Parliament. In my opinion, if the epidemic does not worsen and strict health safety measures are taken, these elections can be organised, but what the critical number is when the elections can no longer be organised is up to the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute to tell us,” Iohannis told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.


Head of State calls PSD’s motion of censure populist, pointless


President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that the motion of censure announced by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) is populist, made for electoral purposes and pointless and unreasonable, claiming that PSD is playing a populist game in an attempt to garner some votes.

“(…) there are a few months until the elections. Why should you table a motion of censure? Is it just to show that you continue to oppose the smooth running of public affairs? This is probably what PSD wants to convince everyone: that it opposes a government that manages the crisis, it opposes a government that is preparing the elections,” Iohannis told a news conference.

He said that he does not want this motion of censure to pass.

“We will watch very carefully whether it passes or not. There were instances when it passed and instances when it did not pass. I do not want the motion to pass,” said Iohannis.


 I am against party-switching; it is a serious disease of Romanian politics


The Head of State also  said on Wednesday that he does not see “with good eyes” the National Liberal Party (PNL) snatching members from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), adding that party-switching is “a serious disease” of Romanian politics.

“I do not look favourably on that snatching. I have always been and still am against party-switching. Party-switching is a serious disease of Romanian politics and whenever I had the opportunity I spoke out publicly against it. I never changed my political affiliation,” Iohannis told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.


Dear Romanians, wear mask, keep your distance and let’s overcome this epidemic


President Klaus Iohannis called on Romanians on Wednesday to wear a mask and keep the physical distance between them, in the context in which a new record has been hit in terms of the number of infections with the novel coronavirus today.

“Dear Romanians, today we’ve hit a new record with more than 1,400 persons found to be infected with COVID-19. This is too much and I want to ask you please wear a mask, all of you, keep your physical distance and let’s overcome this epidemic,” the head of state told a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace.

He said he had a discussion earlier in the day with the Minister of Health, Nelu Tataru.

“It’s important that the Romanian know at this point we don’t have a vaccine in the EU right now, but the EU does support several research projects and we hope that in a close future we will benefit from a vaccine. Romania is part of this effort and we did register to receive 10 million vaccine doses in a first phase as soon as the vaccine is available in the EU,” he said, according to Agerpres.


It is good that the August 10 case will be further investigated; I don’t do witch hunting


President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that it was good that the August 10 case would be further investigated “more thoroughly,” noting that he does not do a “witch hunt,” but wants the culprits to be brought to justice.

“I still believe that this August 10 case is extremely important to us as a nation, it needs to be clarified. I have said the same before. (…) I, you and many of you here, we have been fighting for years to consolidate an independent judiciary where politicians do not interfere with cases and do not interfere with disciplinary proceedings. All I want to say is it is a good thing the case will be more thoroughly investigated, and I am fully confident that justice will do its job and in the end we will have a clear picture of the guilt of some or the innocence of others. I do not do hunt witching. Procedurally, I want the culprits to be brought to justice,” Iohannis also told the news conference.


On GEO regarding the phases increase in child allowances, PSD lacks responsibility


President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that the rejection of the GEO on the phased increase in child allowances shows “a total lack of responsibility on the part of PSD” (Social Democratic Party).

“Their argument is that they do not govern and therefore will not answer for it, but I believe that every MP is accountable to the electorate for what he/she does and what the party he/she represents does. Normally or, to put it that way, in a normal Romania, “any MP should seek to get involved for the good of the citizen and to solve Romania’s problems. In exchange, PSD is trying to complicate problems even more and create new and new problems that otherwise would not have existed”, the head of state told a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace.

Iohannis stressed that he, like the government, he does want to increase child allowances, but only if there are enough budgetary resource for this.

“There must be money. But at this moment there is no money. However, the Government has come up with a solution to gradually increase these allowances. An unjustified, populist rejection by PSD shows us that PSD has nothing to do with Romania, with Romanians and with the public budget. PSD is only dealing with its own populist electoral manoeuvres,” added President Iohannis, according to Agerpres.


President Iohannis, optimistic after the Ombudswoman challenged quarantine law with CCR


President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that he remained optimistic after the Ombudswoman challenged two articles of the Law on Quarantine and Isolation with the Constitutional Court, adding that, if these texts are declared unconstitutional, the “Parliament cannot afford any delay in correcting this law.”

“We have been in the situation before when the law regulating quarantine and isolation was sidetracked. Unfortunately, at that point, PSD delayed things too much so that we’ve come to have an increased number of infections and a lot of patients now. This time it is not the whole law that is under fire, but, if I remember correctly, only two articles and I am quite optimistic about what will happen. And I believe that the Parliament cannot afford this time to delay the correction of this law,” said Iohannis.

On August 7, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced that the Ombudswoman had again attacked the Quarantine and Isolation Law with the CCR, adding that, in his opinion, this move “already seems to be an attack on Romania’s fundamental interests.”


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