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PSD’s Ciolacu: I would retire from political life and the positions held if he were arraigned for corrupt activities

The chairman of the co-ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu, stated in a press conference held on Friday in Razboieni that he will retire from political life and the positions held if he were arraigned for corrupt activities.

Ciolacu said that he found out from journalists that the Mayor of Iasi, Mihai Chirica (formerly PSD, current mandate with the National Liberal Party – PNL), is under criminal investigation and judiciary control for 60 days for corruption.

“I have no knowledge and was not informed that he is under judiciary control. (…) I announced publicly that if I am arraigned I will withdraw from the position of chairman and would retire from the public space until an eventual case regarding me is solved. To my luck, it’s not currently the case and I don’t think throughout my existence I would’ve done such a thing. But politics and public positions come with good and bad. You must know how to assume it,” he stated.

Friday, the Mayor of Iasi, Mihai Chirica, was placed under judiciary control by prosecutors with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), for 60 days, standing accused of intellectual fraud in continued form (two material acts) and instigation to abuse of office, in a case regarding the illegal construction of a block of flats. The former deputy mayor Gabriel Harabagiu is also investigated in the case, standing accused of intellectual fraud in continued form (two material acts) and abuse of office.


I haven’t heard anyone requesting LabMin Budai’s resignation


Marcel Ciolacu also said on Friday in Razboieni – Iasi County that he hasn’t heard any request for the dismissal of Labor Minister Marius Budai.

“I haven’t heard anyone demand the resignation of Minister Budai. It’s the Prime Minister who has the authority to assess a minister. If you want a personal opinion, Mr. Budai is doing exactly what is set out in the governing program and what the PSD has promised Romanians,” Ciolacu said during a press conference, answering reporters who asked him what his message is to the Liberals who demand Labor Minister Marius Budai to step down.

Also asked to express his opinion on Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca’s favorable position to Minister Budai, but not equally supportive of Energy Minister Virgil Popescu, the Social Democrat leader dismissed this as “speculation”.

Marcel Ciolacu said that “it is normal for the Prime Minister to coordinate his government, not the coalition”.

“We are out of that logic where party leaders confused a political coalition for the Romanian government – and let me remind you here of Mr. Barna. At this moment there is a political coalition and there’s the government of Romania. The ministers who join the government of Romania are members of the government,” said the PSD leader, according to Agerpres.


Photo: Facebook/Ion Marcel Ciolacu

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