Updates on the Government reshuffle
On Monday, November 19th, 2018, the Executive Committee of PSD (CEx) has met to discuss the Government reshuffle. Following this meeting, PM Viorica Dăncilă announced a series of changes in the current structure of the Government, revealing the proposals for eight ministries.
On November 20th, 2018, president Klaus Iohannis announced that he signed the reshuffle decree that revokes Ministers Vasilescu, Andrușcă, Ivașcu, Cojocaru și Bran and takes note of Minister Fifor’s resignation. At the same time, the following Members of Government were appointed: “Mr. Leș as the Minister of Defense, Mr. Budăi as the Minister of Labour and Social Justice, Mr. Bădălău as Minister of Economy, Mr. Breaz as Minister of Culture and National Identity, Mr. Petrescu as Minister for Communications and Informational Societies, and Mr. Matei as Minister of Youth and Sport”. However, president Klaus Iohannis refused to accept Lia Olguța Vasilescu for the Ministry of Transports and Ilan Laufer for the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.
Following the president’s declarations, on November 21st, 2018, the CEx organized an emergency meeting, proposing Lia Olguța Vasilescu for the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration and Mircea Drăghici for the Ministry of Transports. At the same time, Liviu Dragnea argued that the CEx is waiting for the resignations of Paul Stănescu and Lucian Șova, given that Iohannis did not take note of their dismissals. Indeed, on November 22nd, 2018, Lucian Șova announced his resignation from the current Government. Later, on November 26th, 2018, Paul Stănescu also announced his revokes from the position of Vice-prime-minister and minister for Development.
Despite this, on November 22nd, Iohannis gave another statement stating that “there will be no change of ministers this week, and the new Government reshuffle proposal will be considered after December 1st, 2018”.
In consequence, on Monday, November 26th, Dragnea organized another meeting of the Permanent Bureau of PSD. After this meeting, the PSD leaders gave Iohannis an ultimatum, saying that if he refuses to revoke and to appoint the proposed ministers, they would file a referral to the Romanian Constitutional Court arguing that there is a constitutional conflict between the Government and the President.
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