President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday that he will not appoint any criminally investigated or indicted people to the office of the prime minister after this autumn’s general election.
“There is no way I would appoint someone who is criminally investigated, indicted or has personal integrity or related issues. The political class must get reformed. We must have clean politicians and that will be a yardstick. I, Romania’s President, will not appoint any criminally investigated or indicted person, irrespective of who might recommend him or her,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He said he will appoint people to public offices taking into account this constitutional prerogative as head of state.
“That means I nominate people that I believe will mount a majority in Parliament and is competent to head the Romanian Government. It would be absurd for me to designate someone who fails to mount a majority. I am no advocate of such political games. I am not going to nominate or appoint someone only for that someone to be rejected by Parliament, perhaps twice. You will not see me play such games,” said Iohannis.
He pointed out that the designation of the next prime minister will be a very serious action. More…