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Opposition, critical to Justice Minister Toader after the decision to reject all candidates for the DNA top job

The opposition parties are very critical and ironic to Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader, after the decision on Friday to reject all four candidates for the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor position.

Save Romania Union (USR) leader, Dan Barna, claims that the announcement confirms that for Toader is hard to find a profile matching Mrs. Dancila’s competence.

“For the current majority is hard to find a profile matching Mrs. Dancila’s competence, to be appointed to head DNA, as no person with proven competence is not according to the criteria set by Mr. Toader and by the majority led by Dragnea and Tariceanu. None of them was good enough, because all of them are professionals,” Barna said.

The USR leader argues that Tudorel Toader intends to postpone the appointment of a new DNA chief prosecutor until President Iohannis will be bound to promulgate the law reading he can reject a nomination for this position only once. “Then he will have open road to appoint a specialist from Teleorman, a specialist in households and repair shops,” he added.

In turn, the National Liberal Party (PNL) reads Toader’s message as ‘Justice is me, not the magistrates’ and suggests he expects the candidature of one of “the knights of apocalypse in Romania – Eugen Nicolicea, Serban Nicolae or Florin Iordache.”

“It is unacceptable that none of the four candidates received nominalisation. We ask the Justice Minister to offer public explanations and to reveal the criteria on which the decision to reject them was based,” a PNL release reads.

The Liberals argue that the Justice Minister’s part should have been to propose an appointment to the President of Romania, after the positive opinion of the Superior Council of Magistracy.

People’s Movement Party (PMP) leader, Eugen Tomac, reacted to the announcement by saying that Tudorel Toader has proved he is am executants of the demands from PSD and ALDE leaders, Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

“What Dragnea and Tariceanu are doing is a masquerade humiliating the prosecutors, we will probably witness several rounds of selections, until the ideal candidate for the two leaders comes out. After all, Toader is doing the job of executants,” Tomac said on Friday.

None of the candidates for the office of Chief Prosecutor with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has been considered good enough by Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader, and the procedure is to be resumed.

The second round for selecting the DNA Chief Prosecutor will begin on August 6 and will last for a month, the Ministry of Justice informs.

The position of DNA chief prosecutor is vacant after the decree signed on July 9 by President Klaus Iohannis to dismiss former head Laura Codruta Kovesi, decree issued after a Constitutional Court decision.

 

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