Ex-PSD MP, interim president of the Constitutional Court

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Former Chamber Speaker and ex-Social Democrat MP Valer Dorneanu has been elected interim president of the Romania’s Constitutional Court (CCR). The incumbent president’s mandate expires on June 11. Dorneanu told Mediafax that a new president of the CCR would be elected after July 13.

Dorneanu won the interim term over the incumbent president Augustin Zegrean, who also ran for the interim leader position.

The Court’s plenum is to be renewed until July 13, by new proposal for constitutional judges on behalf of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies as the mandates of the incumbent representatives, Zoltan Puskas and Tudorel Toader are expiring.

As Augustin Zegrean was proposed by the Presidency, the presidential administration will also have to make a new proposal.

Valer Dorneanu has been a constitutional judge since 2013, appointed by the Chamber of Deputies for a nine-year term. He was Social Democart deputy during 2000-2008 and served as the Chamber speaker during his first MP mandate. Dorneanu was prosecutor at the local prosecutor’s offices in District 5 and 6 in Bucharest during 1967-1974.

PSD chair Liviu Dragnea was saying that his party would not propose anyone new for a Constitutional Court position but it would endorse one of the candidates.

ALDE chair, Calin Popescu Tariceanu also said that his party would not propose anyone for a position on behalf of the Senate but it would endorse one of the candidates who had been filed for the race, together with PSD.

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