President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that the interim government will remain in office until a solution is found and voiced his skepticism that a solution would take form in the first round of consultations with the parties and parliamentary formations.
He was asked what solutions he sees to the current crisis – minority government, technocratic government or early elections.
“These very solutions will have to be resulted from the consultations that will take place. And if I said that the situation is more complicated than before, I am not convinced that after the first round of consultations a solution will take form. Another round of consultations might be needed and parties need to sit down in various combinations to find solutions. Coalition policy is not conducted just through consultations at Cotroceni [Presidential Palace]. Coalitions are formed between parties. People need to have the courage to leave that pathetic rhetoric behind, to sit down and discuss concretely what can be done for Romania, because Romania must be governed. There must be a Government, or if the parties do not get along (…) then this interim Government will remain in office until a new solution is found. There is no substitute, the country cannot remain completely ungoverned and I believe that in the end everyone will understand that it is better to have a Government with full powers than an interim government,” said Iohannis, according to Agerpres.
Asked whether he is ruling out the possibility of dissolving Parliament and triggering early elections, President Iohannis replied: “I do not rule out any constitutional step, but whatever we do must lead to a solution, or the solution, no matter how we approach it, must ultimately be the formation of a government that goes further and solves the problems of Romania and of Romanians, this is the goal of politics”.
The head of state is participating on Wednesday in the EU-Western Balkans Summit, which takes place in Brdo, Slovenia. On Tuesday, the head of state attended the informal meeting of the European Council.