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President Iohannis called political parties for consultations on the referendum

President Klaus Iohannis has sent a letter to the chairmen of all political parties represented in the Romanian Parliament, inviting them for consultations on the justice-related referendum at the Cotroceni presidential palace next week.

The head of state invited the National Liberal Party (PNL) for talks on Thursday, April 11, at 15:00hr, Save Romania Union (USR) at 16:00hr, UDMR-16:45he and the national minorities group at 18:15hr.

The representatives of the ruling PSD-ALDE coalition have been invited for consultations the next day, on Friday. PSD  is scheduled for 11:00hr and ALDE at 12:00hr.

The Presidential Administration mentioned that each delegation can be formed of maximum 5 people.

President Klaus Iohannis has announced in a press conference on Thursday that he had sent the Parliament a letter regarding the two topics to be subject of consultation at the referendum on justice announced for May 26.

The first topic is to ban amnesty and pardon for corruption deeds. The second one is to ban the Government from adopting emergency ordinances on criminal offenses, linked to the right of other authorities to notify the Constitutional Court on ordinances.

Citizens will have to decide if convicted people should have their convictions’ effects erased and if they want the Government to adopt GEOs on sensitive issues such as the organisation of the judiciary system and criminal laws,” said the head of state.

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Why Dragnea won’t go to consultations?

PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea has stated in Calarasi on Friday, soon after the President announced the consultations with the parliamentary parties, that he won’t attend the talks at Cotroceni Palace, for he doesn’t like ‘the character’.

Asked if he is going for talks, Dragnea replied: “I will definitely not go, but we’ll send people from the party. I don’t like the character, period!”

On the other hand, he added that he agrees on the topics proposed by the head of state for the referendum: “We fully support the referendum topics, I think he will have a problem with PNL and USR”.

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