PSD chief Geoana: Basescu is using political and constitutional blackmail

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Chief of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Mircea Geoana on Thursday accused President Traian Basescu of using political and constitutional blackmail by designating Catalin Croitoru the new prime minister of the country, claiming that the real reason behind that would be to keep the dismissed Government alive until after the presidential election, so that they may influence the election’s outcome.

Geoana said that he is voicing a common opinion of a parliamentary majority of 65 percent made up of the PSD+ the Conservative Party alliance (PSD+PC), the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) and the national minorities that Basescu continues to deepens the crisis that is facing the country by deliberately proposing a candidate about whom he knows has no parliamentary backing.

‘Traian Basescu continues to deepen the crisis that is facing the country. He mentioned the idea of a legitimate Government, but Mr. Basescu is deliberately proposing a candidate about whom he knows has no backing in Parliament. So, this is political and constitutional blackmail which real reason is to keep the Boc, Blaga, Videanu, Berceanu and Udrea Government in place until the presidential election so as to control access to resources and influence the outcome of the election,’ said Geoana.

He added, ‘In the absence of a majority for a prime-ministerial candidate, Traian Basescu’s move is in fact political bluffing.’ ‘It is obvious that you cannot secure a majority when you represent the Democratic-Liberal Party (PD-L) exclusively, which is now a 30 percent minority in the Romanian Parliament. That is why what Mr. Traian Basescu did is an act of serious political irresponsibility,’ Geoana argued.

Geoana also admitted that there is indeed a risk of the loan from the Intentional Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Commission not reaching Romania in time. ‘The one who has triggered the political crisis, who has deliberately generated the lack of a majority for the Boc Government and who is now coming up with a proposal that deepens and prolongs the crisis is Traian Basescu himself.

No matter how hard he poses as the defender of the national interest today, he is the main risk against the national interests,’ said Geoana.

The PSD chief said that as far as he is concerned, the nomination of Lucian Croitoru without parliamentary backing ‘is a risk against a loss of face for this good specialist.’ ‘Mr. Croitoru cannot possibly become Romania’s prime minister because he has no majority backing; should I make an invitation to him it would be to become the finance minister in a government headed by Iohannis or Mr. Tanasescu. We are welcoming anyone who knows the Monetary Fund to a team of specialists which we can put to work,’ said Geoana.

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