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President Iohannis: I expect PNL to score the best result ever in the election

President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that he expects the PNL (National Liberal Party) to score a “record result” in the upcoming local elections, the best it has ever scored.

“The National Liberal Party is without a doubt the most important party on the Romanian political scene today and it has to prove this in the local elections as well. I expect a record result from the National Liberal Party, I expect it to have more local elected officials, more mayoralties, more county councils than this party has ever had in the last 30 years. (…) PSD holds more than half of the local administration offices at the moment and I expect this to change. There are all kinds of opinion polls showing how the political vote will look like, but we all know that the person, the candidate, also matters, so that it is better to have reasonable expectations. I expect PNL to win the most mandates ever,” President Iohannis told a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace.

Head of state, about PNL welcoming former PSD members: It’s almost over

President Klaus Iohannis said that the time when the PNL (National Liberal Party) welcomed former members of the PSD (Social Democratic Party) “is almost over.”

“These are exceptional cases, you already know my opinion on this and you know that it is over. If you have noticed, it is over,” the President told a press conference held at the Cotroceni Palace.

On September 2, President Klaus Iohannis said he did not agree with people switching political parties as they please and expressed hope that the PNL would set a “worthy example” in this area.

“I reiterate what I said before. I am against this practice of switching parties. Moreover, I had various meetings with former colleagues, colleagues from PNL and I told them this as well, but obviously specific cases have appeared and I must say this again. : I am against people switching political parties as they please and I hope that the time will come when this practice will disappear from the Romanian politics. (…) They will probably listen to what I say [in respect to people switching political parties – editor’s note] more and more. Or at least this is what I hope, that the most important political party now in Romania will set a worthy example in this field as well, “said the head of state.

The entire procurement system be re-evaluated; we must find the right methods

President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that the entire procurement system must be re-evaluated and methods found to ensure the correctitude of the system.

“It’s a problem that has been brought to my attention and I’m obviously dissatisfied, but my dissatisfaction is not just about someone who failed to contract the handbook, but the whole system doesn’t seem to work. Look at all those acquisitions that couldn’t be made, because of the bureaucratic methods that are so complicated that even the Government is unable to buy tablets. And this is not about a rocket flying to Mars, after all, this is about tablets for children who cannot go physically to school, and I believe that the whole system of procurement must be re-evaluated and methods must be found for these acquisitions to be correct. The result can be challenged, as far as I am concerned, but everything, the entire process must take a reasonably short time and then, certainly, such problems will be eliminated,” Iohannis told a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace.

“After the parliamentary elections, we will take the job very seriously not just to implement the “Educated Romania” programme on paper, but to find the best methods to make the right procurement procedures, in such a way that they will be completed in a foreseeable time and in a timely manner. (…) This Government has not even been put into operation to defeat any inherited system, this Government, and I think we all remember this, it was put in charge to manage the public affairs until the parliamentary elections, to approve the budget and solve the current problems, and it did solve them, it dealt with the pandemic, it solved the problems related to the beginning of the school year and many other things, and I am convinced that after the parliamentary elections there will be a parliamentary and governmental framework that will allow us to solve the rest of the problems that we have inherited from the PSD,” Iohannis said, according to Agerpres.

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