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Calin Popescu Tariceanu: I won't be part of an impotent government


The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE – minor at rule) president Calin Popescu Tariceanu declared he did not agree with the reshuffle variant presented by premier Viorica Dancila, saying that the government is now functioning out of inertia and the head of the Executive should make a powerful gesture.

“I am not content with this answer (the premier's answer about reshuffle) and I will explain how things are as I have seen lately many comments like ALDE is blackmailing the premier or PSD. This is not the case because we have not demanded anything. We did not ask for government positions. We did not ask for positions or advantages which could entitle the use of that term. However we had a talk with the premier and recommended her, based on my experience as former premier, to try a governing restart, leaving her the possibility to go from this defensive attitude the government and the coalition have had for some time, to an offensive situation,” Tariceanu said in an interview to Mediafax.

“For that we need a vote in Parliament. This is the best political formula, also mentioned by the Constitution and I think it is the best platform to be used if you want to make such a political gesture,” he added.

The president of ALDE says the best variant is restructuring by Parliament vote, but for that a comfortable majority is needed.

În turn, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, the national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD-, major at rule), said on Tuesday that she was surprised by the statements of the national leader of PSD's junior coalition partner ALDE, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, about not wanting to be part of an "impotent government," and that she would like his views to be discussed inside the ruling coalition, not in the media.

"Honestly, I am surprised by these statements of Mr Tariceanu. I believe that this government has achieved results and I believe that Mr Tariceanu has ministers in this Government. The reference is probably to his ministers, because you cannot judge all the people in a government. Other things are important to me, not answering to Mr Tariceanu. That is his opinion, I would like this opinion to be discussed inside coalition, and not in the media. I will not discuss Mr Tariceanu's statements, for it is now important to me to increase the pension computation point on September 1, to increase the minimum allowance, to come up with adjustment of projects, to have an extraordinary session where we will give those emergency ordinances that justify our desire to fight against crime. So, there are other things we have in the foreground, our preparation for the presidential elections," Dancila said in Craiova.
She added that such statements are doing no good and the stability of the country is important to her, to the members of the Government and the PSD members.