Basescu proposes independent or opposition Interior Minister

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President Traian Basescu on Tuesday asked the leaders of the coalition parties, Mircea Geoana (The Social Democratic Party) and Emil Boc (The Democratic Liberal Party) to consider for the Interior Minister seat either an independent or a representative of the opposition.
Basescu believes that these two suggestions are likely to eliminate suspicions that the Interior Ministry will try to rig the presidential elections of November.

„I have proposed two solutions to diminish or eliminate any suspicion that elections can be rigged through the head of the Interior Minister : either agree on a politically independent minister, which requires a Parliament decision (…) or, in order to avoid frictions between the coalition parties (…), appoint a minister from the opposition, which also requires a Govt decision in this respect,” Basescu said after the meeting on Tuesday at the Cotroceni Palace (presidential headquarters) with Emil Boc and Mircea Geoana.

A minister from the opposition might „calm down” both parties as regards the neutrality issue, Basescu explained. He pointed out that he used this solution when he appointed the heads of the intelligence services.
„I believe both parties should do their best to avoid a political crisis, at a time when an economic crisis is in place.

Let me remind you that I was also a party leader once and I know very well the pressure each organization puts on them when it comes to egos. I believe we are in a stage in which the leaders of the two parties must temper their parties’ egos in favor of a solution able to avoid a political crisis started by the PM’s constitutional act,” Basescu explained.

He has also said that when a PM does not longer want a certain minister in his team, „iťs clear that reshuffling” has to take place. „I’m not hasting things, I prefer to let the two parties to find solutions (…) I hope the two party leaders will understand the need to find a solution,” he said.
In this respect, Basescu has voiced trust that a solution will be reached this evening, but when asked if Dan Nica will be sacked, the head of state answered that this solution is the PM’s right.

„I have also pointed out that I find suspending dialogue unacceptable. As of Monday morning, when the PM voiced intention to sack the Interior Minister, the two parties , though they share a protocol, have not discussed the issue but communicated through the media, often offending each other,” Basescu said.
He added he urged the two party leaders to organize a meeting of the coalition as soon as possible, to find a way out of the current crisis.

Basescu pointed out that „the statements made by various leaders, at various levels,” unjustly discredited the Interior Ministry’s activity and the activity of those 200,000 people working with this institution. The President has also said that he asked Boc and Geoana to consider, at a possible coalition meeting, two solutions able to eliminate suspicions over the Interior Ministry’s will to organize free elections.

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