Social-democrat leader Liviu Dragnea said Tuesday afternoon, during a press conference, that during the next two days PSD and ALDE will decide the steps after the head of state’s refusal to nominate the proposed premier – Sevil Shhaideh – and if they reach the conclusion that it is a good decision for the country to suspend Klaus Iohannis from office, they would have no hesitation.
“I’ve talked with my colleagues – tomorrow, the day after tomorrow at the latest, we will have to make a decision and, paraphrasing the one who spoke at 12.00h, I want to weigh things very well, not between personal and group interest, but between what is good and what if bad for Romania. There’s no point in hiding behind the bushes. We received a lot of messages from people asking us to suspend the president. It’s not an easy decision to make. If, following an analysis, we reach the conclusion that it’s good for the country to suspend the president, then I will have no hesitation,” Liviu Dragnea said during the press conference at the Parliament Palace, accompanied by ALDE leaders Calin Popescu Tariceanu and Daniel Constantin.
Dragnea accused President Iohannis of trying to start a political crisis.
“We tried to find the reasons the decision was based on. The President called Mrs. Sevil Shhaideh last Thursday. After the elections we hoped Mr. Iohannis and the institutions he consults with have understood that the Romanians do not want political games at their costs. I was wrong. These people do not understand,” PSD leader Liviu Dragnea said.
Dragnea accused the head of state he does not want “under no circumstances” to observe the vote on December 11.”
Calin Popescu Tariceanu has supported the above mentioned statements. “A major political crisis is aimed. We have to weigh the decision. We don’t want to lead Romania into a crisis,” he said.
Tariceanu claimed that, during his meeting at Cotroceni Palace with the president, Klaus Iohannis had told him plainly that he would do everything possible not to nominate a premier on behalf of PSD. “These statements made me think. He said he wants to start total war, it is what we are seeing happening right now,” Tariceanu said.
The PSD leader said they would not file another proposal for premier as there is no guarantee it will be accepted.
Dragnea said he called the President on the phone on Saturday, but did not manage to talk to him, as the phone was busy. “He either had blocked the telephone number, or he erased it. It was busy.”
Dragnea also said the head of state did not get in touch with Sevil Shhaideh, although she was ready for a discussion at Cotroceni Palace, as established with the president last week.
“In my opinion, the president wants to be suspended, he believes he can reinvent himself. We must think it over very thoroughly before going in this political crisis. According to a Constitutional Court decision, it is very clear, it reads the president cannot reject a proposal coming from an official parliamentary majority. Given the fact that he is faced with a parliamentary majority and he turns down the proposal, it is clear he is violating the constitution,” Dragnea said.
Earlier in the day, the former chairman of the Constitutional Court Augustin Zegrean said that the president cannot be forced to appoint as prime minister a person whom he does not want and this cannot be ground for suspension. “Let them (PSD) come up with another proposal. That can be done,” said Zegrean. “That would be a reason for suspending the president? He does his job. The Constitution allows him to designate or not the person proposed,” he added.