Following his meeting with foreign ambassadors, Klaus Iohannis spoke with journalists about the new government that will be led by PSD’s Viorica Dancila, as Iohannis has accepted PSD’s proposal for PM.
Journalists asked Iohannis how he decided to give another chance to PSD after the party changed three governments in the last year, despite the fact that most of his supporters were urging him not to accept PSD’s proposal.
Iohannis said that he carefully weighted all the arguments and concluded that this was the solution he needed to accept. He added that the factors that influenced his decision did not include a fear of being suspended by the coalition, as there would be no reason for it.
The president was also asked about the fact that PSD leader Liviu Dragnea had said that the new government could include people who are under criminal investigation. Iohannis said that his position is already well-known – that the principle of integrity should be added to the Constitution and people under criminal investigation should not be at the helm of the state – and that we should all make an effort to improve this situation if we are going to discuss constitutional issues.
“When I spoke to Mrs Dancila, I focused on her, not on the government, because that’s what it was about. We’ll see what kind of team PSD manages to put forward”.
Asked about the accusation that he had an understanding with PSD, he said it was “absurd”. However, he added that he invited all the parliamentary parties to the consultations and that he would have liked the opposition parties to have talked to each other.
“A democracy, a parliament can only work optimally when both its sides are strong, both the power and the opposition”, Iohannis stated, when journalists asked him whether he would have accepted a proposal from the opposition. PNL and USR, the largest opposition parties, did not propose anyone for PM to the president; instead they expressed their wish for early elections to be held as they think the PSD-ALDE majority is no longer legitimate.