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Siebenbürgerin
Monday, October 26th, 2009, 10:06 PM
ROMANIA’S PRESIDENT and party leaders failed to resolve the country’s political crisis yesterday, disagreeing on how to replace a government that was ousted in a no-confidence vote.

Opposition parties nominated the mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu to be the new prime minister at the head of an interim cabinet of non-aligned technocrats, but President Traian Basescu insisted the recession-hit country needed a national unity government of politicians.

“I don’t believe in a technocrat government. Restoring confidence in Romania can be done solely through a political government,” Mr Basescu said before talks with the leaders of parties who ousted the cabinet of his ally, Liberal Democrat Emil Boc, in a parliamentary vote on Tuesday.

“I would suggest looking at the possibility of a national unity government,” he said, backing a broad cabinet that would bring together the Liberal Democrats and their political foes.

That proposal was immediately opposed by the Social Democrats (PSD), who left the ruling coalition earlier this month after Mr Boc sacked one of their ministers for accusing the Liberal Democrats of planning to rig November’s presidential election in favour of Mr Basescu.

“A unity government implies complicated negotiations that would last until after the presidential election,” said PSD leader Mircea Geoana, adding that Romania needed a new government as soon as possible to deal with the country’s economic woes.

The economic crisis has plunged Romania from boom into deep recession, forcing it to go to the International Monetary Fund for a €20 billion loan.

As part of the deal, Mr Boc’s government agreed to introduce painful cutbacks to help stabilise the economy.

But the current political upheaval, and the campaign for votes in next month’s ballot, could jeopardise those reforms and payment of the next tranche of the loan.

Mr Johannis is extremely popular in his home region and well regarded around the country for his effective running of Sibiu, which was a European Capital of Culture in 2007.

As a member of a party representing Romania’s small ethnic German community, he is also seen as outside the squabbling between major parties that often paralyses Romanian politics.

Mr Basescu said he might accept Mr Johannis as prime minister, but only at the head of a political government.

The source:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2009/1015/1224256680478.html

frippardthree
Monday, October 26th, 2009, 10:37 PM
Opposition parties nominated the mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu to be the new prime minister at the head of an interim cabinet of non-aligned technocrats, but President Traian Basescu insisted the recession-hit country needed a national unity government of politicians.


So, I understand that Basescu is a Socialist, & Johannis is a Social Democrat, if I am reading these articles correctly.


Thursday, October 15, 2009
Ethnic German politician nominated as Romanian PM
DANIEL MCLAUGHLIN
ROMANIA’S PRESIDENT and party leaders failed to resolve the country’s political crisis yesterday, disagreeing on how to replace a government that was ousted in a no-confidence vote.

Opposition parties nominated the mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu to be the new prime minister at the head of an interim cabinet of non-aligned technocrats, but President Traian Basescu insisted the recession-hit country needed a national unity government of politicians.

“I don’t believe in a technocrat government. Restoring confidence in Romania can be done solely through a political government,” Mr Basescu said before talks with the leaders of parties who ousted the cabinet of his ally, Liberal Democrat Emil Boc, in a parliamentary vote on Tuesday.

“I would suggest looking at the possibility of a national unity government,” he said, backing a broad cabinet that would bring together the Liberal Democrats and their political foes.

That proposal was immediately opposed by the Social Democrats (PSD), who left the ruling coalition earlier this month after Mr Boc sacked one of their ministers for accusing the Liberal Democrats of planning to rig November’s presidential election in favour of Mr Basescu.


Full Article:http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2009/1015/1224256680478.html


Popular mayor nominated as Romania's new PM
By Alison Mutler, Associated Press Writer | October 14, 2009
BUCHAREST, Romania --A mayor from a small political party was nominated on Wednesday to be Romania's new prime minister following the collapse of the country's government.

Klaus Johannis, mayor of the central city of Sibiu, held talks with the Social Democrats, the Liberal Party and the party that represents the interests of Romania's 1.4 million ethnic Hungarians. Together, the parties have a comfortable majority in parliament.

They sent the nomination to President Traian Basescu who needs to make an official proposal to Parliament which will then vote on it.

Given the political infighting and economic crisis that brought down Romania's government, the parties that nominated Johannis see it as a plus that his small party has never had a member of Parliament, and that his region of the country -- Transylvania -- is considered more Western-oriented in its outlook than other areas.

Before meeting with political leaders to discuss the nomination, Basescu said he wants a government of` "national unity" or one formed of mainstream politicians. He did not rule out Johannis, but only if his Cabinet ministers would be from main political parties.

Basescu added that he did not want a shaky government that would last only until Romania's Nov. 22 presidential elections. Earlier in the day, the president met with European Union ambassadors. Romania joined the EU in 2007.

Johannis, 50, told reporters he would prefer a government of nonpolitically aligned ministers and would reduce the size of the Cabinet. He said he was politically independent but would name ministers after consulting with the political parties that nominated him.

Romania's minority centrist government led by Prime Minister Emil Boc fell Tuesday after he lost a confidence motion in Parliament. Boc will continue to be prime minister, with limited powers, until a new government is approved by Parliament.

Commentators said that Johannis enjoys wide political and public support because he is an ethnic German and not a member of any of the mainstream parties. He is viewed as being removed from the bitter political feuding that has engulfed Romania in recent years.

Johannis is seen as having a West European approach in his management style. Sibiu was named the European cultural city of the year in 2007, and local authorities have been praised for the refurbishment of the old city center.


Full Article:http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2009/10/14/popular_mayor_nominated_as_romanias_new_ pm/


UPDATE: The Parliament supports Klaus Johannis for PM. PD-L parliamentarians refused to take part in the session
de A.C. HotNews.ro
Marţi, 20 octombrie 2009, 19:18 English | Politics

UPDATE: PSD, PNL and UDMR and minority senators and deputies voted on Wednesday in favour of a parliamentary majority to support Klaus Johannis mayor of Sibiu's accession to the role of Prime Minister. The political declaration adopted by the parliament requests that President Traian Basescu redraws its proposal that did not meet parliamentary support and to back Klaus Johannis. PD-L parliamentarians did not take part in the session.

The declaration behind Klaus Johannis' support for the PM role was adopted with 252 votes in favour and 2 against. The Parliament's conclusion was that a government of specialists led by an independent PM is "the only realist option to tackle Romania's immediate three priorities: organising fair elections, managing the country's economic emergencies and rebuilding the confidence between the Government and its institutional partners".

The second point made was that the President redraws its proposal for the PM role, meaning Lucian Croitoru. A further insistence on the president might mean prolonging the political crisis and amplifying its economic and social costs, the opposition MPs show. Basescu was summoned to name Klaus Johannis as Romania's PM, bearing in mind his political support in the Parliament.


Full Article:http://english.hotnews.ro/stiri-politics-6321830-update-the-parliament-supports-klaus-johannis-for-parliamentarians-refused-tak


As a navy officer and captain, Băsescu was accused of involvement with the Communist regime's infamous Securitate, but no proofs were presented. In fact he was not accused of taking part in political police actions but rather in commercial espionage . In the live TV debate with Năstase before the 2004 run-off presidential election, Băsescu caught his opponent off-guard with the following confession: "You know what Romania's greatest curse is right now? It's that Romanians have to choose between two former Communist Party members."
During his tenure as Minister of Transport, the Romanian commercial fleet was privatised at a price that was generally viewed as disadavntageous to the Romanian state. This is widely known in Romania as The Fleet Affair (Dosarul Flota). Charges were made against him with regards to this affair, but no evidence of his involvement was proven. In 1996, while under scrutiny, Băsescu resigned his parliamentary mandate in order to allow judicial procedures against him to be carried on (Romanian MP's were, by default, granted immunity from prosecution). Due to the variously interpretable phrasing of the Constitution, the High Court of Cassation and Justice will have to decide if Băsescu's immunity as a President covers only actions during his term as president or extends to prior activities. The Constitution states that the President has immunity and that a previous article regarding MP's immunity over matters regarding their votes or statements made while holding office. Although the lawsuit against him was closed due to lack of evidence, it was reopened in early 2004, in what many consider to be a political maneuver against him using the Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Bureau, an institution his supporters claim has been used mostly for political reprisals against anti-PSD campaigners.


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olavnorsk
Saturday, November 28th, 2009, 01:24 AM
So, I understand that Basescu is a Socialist, & Johannis is a Social Democrat, if I am reading these articles correctly.

No, Basescu is a right-of-center populist ("democrat liberal" with his own party), but also a completely erratic person. Hopefully, Romania will get rid of him soon.

Klaus Johannis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Iohannis) is a centrist politician, the President of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Forum_of_Germans_in_Romania) (the German minority party), which usually cooperates with the Liberal Party (PNL). When the party was represented in the European Parliament, it was a member of the EPP-ED (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPP-ED). Johannis is a sensible/pragmatic, modest and most importantly, uncorrupted, politician.

Siebenbürgerin
Sunday, November 29th, 2009, 12:18 PM
Indeed, Băsescu and Johannis are neither socialists nor social democrats. The social democratic party (PSD) is an opposing party which is now in competition with the liberal democrats (PD-L) for presidency. Last weekend there was the first round of voting about it.

You can read about the election here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_presidential_election,_2009

Băsescu doesn't want to support him as PM because the liberals (PNL) and social democrats support him. But I think he would be the best choice possible. Of course I'm supporting him also because he represents us as an ethnic group.

By the way, Klaus Johannis said he would maybe like to candidate for president too. But not this year.

Víðálfr
Saturday, December 5th, 2009, 01:17 PM
Johannis is a sensible/pragmatic, modest and most importantly, uncorrupted, politician.

I totally agree! And he's an exception on the Romanian political scene.




By the way, Klaus Johannis said he would maybe like to candidate for president too. But not this year.

That would be great and Johannis as Romania's president would also mean many good changes for Romania. I hope I'm not going too far with this assumption, but we'll see what will happen in the next years.


I support him too, and well, history seems to run in circles, for some reasons...

Wurfaxt
Monday, December 7th, 2009, 01:36 AM
The fact that Mr. Johannis comes from the country’s tiny German minority, which would be a major liability in other countries in Eastern Europe, puts him at a distinct advantage here in Romania. So much so, in fact, that should the Social Democratic challenger,Mircea Geoana, succeed in his bid to unseat the incumbent center-right president, Traian Basescu, in Sunday’s vote — he is leading in the polls — he has promised to appoint Mr. Johannis as prime minister.
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“We used to have a German dynasty, which created the modern Romanian state,” said Sorin Ionita, research director of the Romanian Academic Society in Bucharest. King Carol I, who was born in what is now southern Germany, ruled for nearly 50 years, through the turn of the last century, a golden age for Romania. “The Germans today, they benefit from this image in Romania,” Mr. Ionita said
Source:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/world/europe/06romania.html?_r=1

Sigurd
Monday, December 7th, 2009, 08:23 AM
So, what is happening now? Băsescu won with 50,43%. That whole debate about Romania and presidency was mentioned high-scale in Austrian media, also that the naming of a new PM was imminent. But Klaus Johannis wasn't mentioned, unless I missed it. :shrug

olavnorsk
Monday, December 28th, 2009, 06:25 AM
So, what is happening now? Băsescu won with 50,43%. That whole debate about Romania and presidency was mentioned high-scale in Austrian media, also that the naming of a new PM was imminent. But Klaus Johannis wasn't mentioned, unless I missed it. :shrug

Johannis withdrew, alas. But maybe he will be a candidate for President in five years. His candidacy for PM has helped establish him on the national and international scene to a much larger degree than before. Maybe PNL and PSD will endorse him if he decides to run for President next time.

In most other countries, a candidate for PM that had the support of nearly 70 % of the parliament would of course be PM long time ago. I think Romania needs a new constitution and a weaker and more ceremonial President, really.

Siebenbürgerin
Monday, December 28th, 2009, 09:11 AM
Here a little bit about the scandal, from what I've heard on TV and radio:
For the results to establish it was Băsescu who won there was a huge scandal indeed, and it took some time at the Constitutional Court to validate it because his opponent contested the results. This scandal postponed and dragged the naming of a PM. When finally everything was settled, some days before Christmas, it was disappointing that the President named the same PM and the PM established almost the same government as before, which was distrusted by the Parliament. But finally the Parliament gave the new Government its vote, even though the Liberals and Social Democrats threatened to vote against.

By the way, a turning point which made the difference was the voting of the diaspora, the Romanian citisens who live abroad. They almost all voted for Băsescu, and some politicians were very upset, because in their view peoples who left living in Romania can't call themselves true citisens anymore.

Klaus Johannis withdrew to stay mayor of Hermannstadt. When he saw Băsescu won the presidency, it was obvious he wasn't going to name him as PM, because everyone knew who Băsescu's favourite person for this position was.

Many peoples in this city voted for Băsescu because they didn't want Johannis to leave as mayor. They wanted him to stay, because he's doing a very good job and a newcomer would probably find it hard to match it. Hermannstadt was voted among one of the cities with the best living standards in Romania.