The candidate supported by National Liberal Party (PNL) and Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity Alliance (USR PLUS) running for the Capital City Hall, Nicusor Dan, and Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had a meeting on Thursday with President Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
‘ The Presidential Administration confirms that the President of Romania, being concerned about the problems that the people of Bucharest face daily, met today with Nicusor Dan. The discussions, also attended by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, focused on the necessary solutions for the urgent remedy of these problems, as well as the medium and long-term city development projects,’ reads a press release sent to AGERPRES.
According to the quoted source, President Klaus Iohannis appreciated that the solutions proposed by Nicusor Dan are feasible and can lead to solving the serious deficiencies that exist at the Capital level.
In his turn, Nicusor Dan specified that he discussed about Bucharest “in general terms” at Cotroceni.
Tariceanu: By inviting Nicusor Dan to Cotroceni, Iohannis violates Constitution
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) President, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, criticized, on Thursday, in a press conference, the meeting at Cotroceni Palace of President Klaus Iohannis with National Liberal Party (PNL) and Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity Alliance (USR PLUS) candidate for the mayoralty of Bucharest’s City Hall, Nicusor Dan, considering it a “violation” of the Constitution.
“Today, Klaus Iohannis gave another kick to the Romanian Constitution! In a gesture of total contempt for the fundamental law of the country, Iohannis called to the Cotroceni Palace a counter-candidate of mine to the the mayoralty of Bucharest. (…) If the purpose of this meeting was for the president of the country to understand more of the candidate’s program, then I think it would have been appropriate for Iohannis to invite also Firea, Basescu, Laufer, Coita or Calinescu, because they are also candidates and they have ideas. If the purpose of this meeting was to give a last support to the PNL candidate, I announce Mr. Iohannis that what he is doing is against the fundamental law”, Tariceanu wrote on Facebook.
In the press conference, Tariceanu, candidate for the position of general mayor of the Capital, explained that “Iohannis seriously violates the presidential prerogatives, which oblige him to reserve, to neutrality in the electoral campaign”, and announced that the “deviations” of the head of state will be “accounted for” for “his suspension”.
“He is openly committed to whitewashing Nicusor Dan. We could say that today Iohannis has become a corpse washer. But corpses remain corpses (…) What Iohannis does is very grave. We count all these deviations, violations of the Constitution, which we will put on the table at a request for his suspension, which, as he proceeds, it is clearly that at some point it will come. Now we could not do this because there does not seem to be a consistent majority, but I am convinced that the time will come and that Iohannis will not end his term in Cotroceni”, Tariceanu stated in the press conference.