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Iohannis had a meeting with PM Tudose; PSD should sort out issues

President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday had a meeting with Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, President's Spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi announced.

"It is normal for the President and the Prime Minister to meet in the context of such tensions we all see in the public space, and from this point of view I can give you the information that this meeting did take place, but I cannot give you any additional data. They will be communicated, if necessary. (...) It is a meeting that took place today," Dobrovolschi told a press conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

She pointed out that "PSD [the Social Democratic Party, major at rule] should sort out its issues."

President Klaus Iohannis considers persons with issues should step down or should be withdrawn from the government by the party, President Iohannis's spokesperson Madalina Dobrovolschi said, pointing out that it's the Prime Minister's responsibility to decide whether a reshuffle is required. 

"In this regard, I believe that you have already heard Mr. President's opinion. Mr. President has spoken of the fact that when persons in important public offices have issues, and you know the cases I am referring to, these people should have stepped down or be withdrawn by the party; taking the discussion further, it is the Prime Minister's responsibility to conduct such assessments and to decide whether a reshuffle, changes in the governing team are required," Dobrovolschi told a press conference at the Cotroceni presidential palace, when asked what President Klaus Iohannis's opinion is about a possible government reshuffle. 

Premier Mihai Tudose announced on Monday evening that a "mini-reshuffle of the government" is in the pipeline and that he will make a decision this week regarding the departure of several ministers. 

Executive chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Niculae Badalau said at the party headquarters on Tuesday that a Cabinet reshuffle will indeed take place.

"The prime minister has a governing programme to carry through, and where he thinks the ministers do not perform well, he normally comes up with requests to renew the ministries by replacing ministers. This is his power and we respect that. As long as Mr [PM] Mihai Tudose says that we have some lagging is certain areas because of ministers, he will come up before the PSD Executive Committee with reasoning and we will make a decision, proposing other names, "said Badalau.

Asked if Tudose came to the meeting at the PSD headquarters "with his tenure on the table," Badalau said that he is a wise man who knows what governing means.

"Mr Mihai Tudose is a man; he is a mature, wise man who knows very well what governing a country means and does not play with it. (...) He is a determined man who will definitely develop Romania and make lives better for the Romanians," said Badalau.

Asked if the prime minister requested the resignation of the PSD national leader Liviu Dragnea, Badalau replied: "No, that is excluded. How would he ask for the resignation of the party's chairman?,"