President Klaus Iohannis has officially announced on Thursday a referendum on justice system issues, on May 26, concomitantly with the elections for European Parliament.
“It’s certain. I will convene a referendum on May 26, we can’t go on like this anymore. PSD continues the attack against the justice system, attack which started when taking over the governance. This time the social-democrats want to issue an emergency ordinance to amend the Criminal Codes,” Klaus Iohannis said.
“The PSD hooliganism has gone beyond any limit. It’s not in the spirit of the Constitution, does not serve the democratic balance, so the Government resorts to emergency ordinances,” the President said.
The head of state said in this context a referendum is legitimate.
“They want to avoid any constitutional control before the ordinance comes into force. We have to put an end to this action and we have to do it now. The dilettantism and incompetence are characteristic for the PSD governance. When it intertwines with the intention to legislate in favour of offenders, then we have the image of disaster for Romania. The adoption of such an emergency ordinance would come into conflict with Parliament, given that the Criminal Code is being discussed by Parliament. The social-democrats have to put an end to such attacks on the judiciary, they have to understand that the justice system is not at their disposal. For such things people went to the streets. They cannot do it anymore. The justice system is a matter of national interest. It is my right to call on the people to have their say regarding matters of national interest. PSD is trying to turn away the Romanian state by making laws on their own likes. An emergency ordinance on this topic is illegitimate before the citizens express their will by referendum,” Klaus Iohannis said.
“Why are you afraid of referendum, you the social-democrats? Instead of threatening to set up separate voting stations for elections and for referendum, you should cease and turn around to Romanians,” the President also said.
The USR-PLUS Alliance has urged President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday to attend the Government sitting in order to prevent the adoption of the ordinances.
The Executive will have the sitting on Friday morning, as of 8.00h, an unusual time for the sitting. However, the agenda does not include any important normative act, the source reads.
On the other hand, sources say that Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has promised to the European Commission First Vice-president Frans Timmermans not to adopt, during the Government sitting on Friday, any ordinance regarding the Criminal Codes.
PSD chair Dragnea lashes out at Iohannis
In retort, PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea said that President Iohannis is making up things to leave the impression that someone has to be afraid of the referendum, adding that the President himself should be afraid of the questions asked at the referendum.
“Which Social Democrat is afraid of the referendum? He is making up all kind of nonsense, that we would want different polling stations. The referendum law is very clear and says that elections and referendum take place in the same polling stations. I think he should be afraid of the questions that will flow besides the one for the referendum,” Dragnea stated, denying that the Government intends to amend the referendum law so that should allow different polling stations.
As for the meeting between Iohannis and the magistrates, Dragnea said the head of state had mentioned his name, so that’s why he doesn’t trust that he will enjoy a fair trial.