USR Chairman, Dan Barna, said on Tuesday he has proposed the former DNA chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, to join the party, adding that currently, it is premature to say that, if accepting, she would be the party’s runner for presidency.
“We’ve had an exchange of messages by which I’ve assured her of our support. I told her the USR doors are open. She thanked me for the support. I told her I’ve seen the statement that she will remain prosecutor for the time being. I’ve told her she is welcome to the USR if she wishes to make the step towards politics. She replied she wants to relax for a while, as she has had no vacation for five years, and we’ll talk later on,” Dan Barna said.
The USR leader avoided to say if Kovesi would be proposed to run for presidency on behalf of USR in 2019.
“Unfortunately for Romania, now the stake is not the presidential election, but the issue of no convicted persons in public offices, a civic initiative. It is hard to say for the time being, in the current context, what our strategy would be like. USR announced it will have its candidate for presidency. Beyond this, anything else is premature,” USR’s Barna said.
Presidency spokesperson, Mădălina Dobrovolschi, announced Monday morning, at Cotroceni Palace, in a press statement, that President Klaus Iohannis has signed the decree to revoke the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor Laura Codruţa Kovesi in line with the Constitutional Court decision.
In a press statement held right after the Presidency announced her revocation, Laura Codruta Kovesi said that her mandate ends as of today, arguing the revocation decree raises a big question mark and urging her colleagues within the National Anti-corruption Directorate to continue the fight against corruption.
“Starting today, I will no longer work with the DNA. I will remain prosecutor,” Kovesi said during the conference.