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Gov’t notifies Constitutional Court over President Iohannis’ denial to dismiss Kovesi

Justice minister Tudorel Toader has announced on Monday that the prime minister had agreed the ministry’s proposal to notify the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) over President Klaus Iohannis’ denial to dismiss the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi.

Toader has met PM Viorica Dancila on Monday and the premier has signed the notification draft, which is due to reach the CCR today.

“I met the premier, I presented her the CCR notification draft, the arguments, the content of the draft, she agreed. She signed it before me. The notification will reach the CCR today,” Justice minister said.

President Klaus Iohannis announced in a press conference a week ago that he would not follow up the Justice minister’s request to dismiss the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi.

One day after, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said he would forward the notification to the CCR on this topic, with the President promptly retorting thatthere is absolutely no ground and no constitutional conflict between the President and the Government regarding the dismissal of DNA chief prosecutor. The head of state also ironically commented on the ‘personal dissatisfaction’ of Justice Minister Tudorel Toader. He added that from his point of view, the procedure is concluded and the CCR judges have no issue to decide upon.

Asked on April 10 if the Constitutional Court will be notified over the president’s denial to sack Kovesi, Senate Speaker Calin Popescu said that this decision must be taken by the Gov’t and the PM.

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