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January 19, 2021
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New consultations at the Cotroceni Palace for designating the candidate for PM. Iohannis congratulates PNL-USR PLUS-UDMR for forming a coalition

President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday had a new round of consultations with the leaders of the coalition formed by the National Liberal Party (PNL), the Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS), and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), in view of designating the candidate for the position of Prime Minister.

The leaders of the formations that are part of the coalition came, on Tuesday, together to the consultations with the head of state. The delegation was made up of the PNL chair, Ludovic Orban, co-chairs of the USR PLUS, Dan Barna and Dacian Ciolos, UDMR chair, Kelemen Hunor, as well as the Prime Minister proposed by the coalition – Florin Citu. On Monday evening, the leaders of the PNL, USR PLUS and UDMR signed the 2020-2024 governing agreement.

At the start of the meeting, Ludovic Orban handed to President Iohannis the protocol of the coalition.

“Congratulations for forming the coalition. Congratulations for the speed with which you managed to promote demarches in Parliament. I admit it’s the first time I see a Parliament constituted and with the leaderships elected in one day… excellent, one day and a bit of a night,” said the head of state.

Iohannis also had consultations on Tuesday with the representatives of the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) and those of the national minorities.

The first formation invited to the consultations was the Social Democrat Party (PSD), yet the party’s chairman, Marcel Ciolacu, announced that the Social Democrats will not participate in the discussions with the head of state.

 

Ciolacu: PSD won’t go to consultations with President Klaus Iohannis

 

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) won’t go to consultations with President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, Social Democrat leader Marcel Ciolacu has stated.

“PSD will not attend the cheap circus led by President Iohannis. We have decided today that PSD won’t go to the consultations at the Cotroceni Palace. That gang of losers only enjoys a circumstantial majority, this new CDR [Romanian Democratic Convention was an electoral alliance of several centre-right political parties in Romania, active from 1991 until 2000 – editor’s note] has no legitimacy before Romanians, before their vote and their options for Prime Minister. As I have already said before, PSD will fully enter opposition. And we will make a tough opposition, for Romanians deserve to be represented by PSD, and we already see that the current CDR has no solution to the health crisis, or for the economic crisis. We will wait and see the governing programme of the new CDR and, not last, we will wait to see the state budget, which will for sure be one of austerity,” Ciolacu said at the Parliament Palace.

He added that President Iohannis “was the spokesperson and spearhead of the PNL during the electoral campaign.”

“More than that, he anticipated what coalition he wanted to lead Romania, the coalition of losers, and that he wanted a new Government of his own,” said Ciolacu, according to Agerpres.

He also said that “it’s up to the current majority to impose a calendar for the investiture of the new Government in Parliament.”

 

Orban: We are prepared to run all procedures for Gov’t investiture in shortest time possible

 

The members of the coalition are prepared to run the procedures to invest the government in the shortest time possible, said, on Tuesday, the chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban, after the consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace of the representatives of the coalition formed by the PNL, the Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS), and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) with President Klaus Iohannis.

“Since the moment of the elections, we decided to form a center-right coalition, which would offer Romania a government in the shortest time possible, which would have the capacity to conduct the large reforms Romania needs and the capacity to develop Romania,” said the Liberal leader at the Palace of Parliament.

He said that at the Cotroceni Palace consultations they presented to the President the coalition agreement and the common will to work together.

 

AUR’s Simion: We will definitely not be voting the Citu Government

 

The co-chairman of the Alliance for Romanians Union (AUR), George Simion, said on Tuesday that he is participating in the consultations at Cotroceni Palace “from institutional condescension”, adding that his formation will not be voting for the Florin Citu Government.

“We are now participating out of institutional condescendence. We are disappointed by the way in which we are mimicking consultations, but we participate, respecting all dialogue partners. Our position is the same as last time: We will definitely not be voting for the Citu Cabinet. We have our own proposal for prime-minister, we have our own proposal for ministry of Education in an eventual Government of national unity”, George Simion declared, in front of Cotroceni Palace, before meeting with president Klaus Iohannis.

He requested the reopening of schools, highlighting that president Iohannis and the future Government must take into account the opinions of teachers and parents.

“The request we have is the urgent reopening of schools. We took note of the educational unions’ opinion and are definitely supporting the reopening of schools. We must listen to the teachers, we must listen to the parents, we need to think about our children’s future and schools must be reopened. (…) The Romanian people has spoken, they wish for schools to be opened again. Even Klaus Iohannis and the possible Government must take into consideration the opinions of Romanians and open the schools in the face to face system”, Simion said.

Compiled from Agerpres

 

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