Deputy Bucharest Mayor Pieptea: Oprescu's mandate is suspended if preventive arrest is approved

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The mandate of Bucharest's General Mayor Sorin Oprescu will be suspended if the measure of preventive arrest is disposed in his case, said on Sunday for AGERPRES Deputy Mayor of Bucharest Cornel Pieptea.

"The General Mayor, Sorin Oprescu, was remanded for 24 hours, after these 24 hours the judiciary will have a decision. The judiciary must be left to work independently. If the mayor is released and he will be able to exercise his work prerogatives he will return to the City Hall. In case preventive arrest is disposed, in accordance with Law no. 215/2001, the Law for local public administration, the mayor's mandate is suspended," said Cornel Pieptea.

According to him, this administrative act is issued by the Prefect of the City of Bucharest. "After that the General Council will choose from one of the two deputy mayors currently in office to take over the prerogatives of the general mayor. If the decision is to release him and the mayor is considered innocent, he will return and will resume the position he has currently," said the Deputy Mayor of the Capital.

In his opinion, Sorin Oprescu no longer has the legitimacy to occupy the position of Bucharest General Mayor. "I believe the general mayor once remanded for 24 hours no longer has the legitimacy to occupy this representative position of Bucharest and no longer has the strength to lead such a big City Hall. Let us not forget that the Bucharest City Hall, which has a budget of nearly 1 billion euro, serves 2 million residents," Pieptea added. AGERPRES

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