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Defense Minister Vasile Dincu steps down from office claiming it was impossible to work with President Iohannis

National Defence Minister Vasile Dincu announced on Monday he stepped down from office.

“This morning, I tendered my resignation as the National Defence Minister to Romania’s Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca,” Dincu worte on his Facebook page.

He also attached the text of the resignation sent to Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, in which he called out “the impossibility of collaborating” with President Klaus Iohannis.

“I justify my gesture from the perspective of the impossibility of collaborating with the President of Romania, the Supreme Commander of the Army. I consider it necessary to withdraw from this position in order not to prejudice in any way the decision-making processes and programs that require fluidity along the entire chain of command and not to block a series of projects absolutely necessary for the optimal functioning of the Ministry of National Defense and the Romanian Army. Mr. Prime Minister, I thank you for the honest collaboration and openness you have shown throughout the joint governmental activity and I assure you of my full support for all projects and the programs of the Ministry and the Romanian Army, in the capacity as senator, member of the Romanian Parliament,” the text of the resignation shows.


PM Ciuca takes note of Vasile Dincu’s resignation as Defense Minister


Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca took note of Vasile Dincu’s resignation from the National Defence Ministry (MApN) office, Government’s Spokesperson Dan Carbunaru informed.

He added that the Executive will come back with details regarding the interim of the MApN leadership.


Ciolacu: I respect Vasile Dincu’s decision and thank him for his activity within MApN


Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Marcel Ciolacu says he respects Vasile Dincu’s decision to resign from the National Defence Ministry (MApN) office and thanks him for the activity he carried out within the Ministry.

“I respect Vasile Dincu’s decision and I thank him for his activity within the National Defence Ministry. I have already had a discussion with Prime Minister Ciuca and I asked him to take over the MApN interim office, because Romania has the obligation to ensure stability on the Eastern Flank of NATO,” Ciolacu wrote on his Facebook page.


PSD leader recommends for Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca to take over the interim office


Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu, leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), announced, on Monday, at Parliament, that he has taken note of the resignation of Vasile Dincu from the position of Minister of Defence and added his recommendation for Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca to take over the interim office.

He maintained that he had read, like all the others, Dincu’s explanations regarding his resignation, with reference to President Klaus Iohannis.

“I read this, just as you did [journalists – ed.n.], in Mr. Dincu’s press release and in Mr. Dincu’s resignation. (…) I thought that the moment has been transcended, explanations were brought to him for that statement. However, if we enter into a logic, any conflict at a given moment is closed with a negotiation or an agreement, regardless of who wins and who loses. Mr. Vasile Dincu never referred to a territory that Ukraine would eventually cede,” Ciolacu said.

The PSD leader announced that he recommends that Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca take over the interim office of Defence.

“I recommend with all conviction, both political one, and what I deem to be best, that the Prime Minister at this moment take over the duties of the Ministry of Defence, according to the law, we all know, for 45 days. (…) I think it is a decision that I will make together with my colleagues. Today we have the Standing Bureau and later we will have a National Political Council, where we will make decisions,” said the PSD leader, according to Agerpres.


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