PM Grindeanu on new government: I will have meetings with PSD MPs, I met many people

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Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu stated that he will have, Thursday evening and in the coming days, meetings with Social Democrat Party (PSD) MPs in view of forming a new government, after meeting "many people" in the past days.

"I publicly announce that in the coming period I will have meetings with PSD MPs, starting from this evening, that have asked me to meet with them. There is, within the party, beyond that mass of deciders in the CEx [Executive Committee], a great concern, because there are very big pressures made on them to vote for the fall of their own government. And I have the same message for my colleagues in the CEx, I know there are many honest and good faith people in the National Executive Committee, I have been friends for many years with some of them and I appreciate them for the work they submit to the party. (...) I met many people today, I will meet this evening, I will meet in the coming days. I appealed the ministers to continue their work. According to the law, they have to do this. Each decision that I will make I will relay as transparently as possible, openly and nothing, absolutely nothing will be done by politicking, or by backdoor dealing," said Sorin Grindeanu at the Victoria Palace, being asked in a press conference if he had discussions throughout Thursday with several people, including PSD members, for the formation of a new government.

Regarding the possibility that he met "technocrats from the former Ponta Government" among the people he saw today, Grindeanu said that he is from the PSD and he will remain as such.

"I am from the PSD, I am not a technocrat and I will remain as such, regardless of how many exclusions come now or in the future from Mr. Liviu Dragnea, a former PDL [Democrat Liberal Party] member who, unfortunately, ended up running the most important party in Romania at this moment. I do not want to get to that situation. I want to see things from a procedure, a constitutional point of view and I said that I do not want to end up in situations that would lead to continued instability. This deadline, until Monday, will clear it up for me, as well as the discussions that I will have starting this evening, and I told you this earlier, but I hope for something else. The option that I desire now is that Liviu Dragnea assume this failure and resign. The next moment I will do the same. I believe this is the correct resolution. And to convoke the PSD congress," the Prime Minister stated. AGERPRES (RO — author: Daniel Florea, editor: Antonia Nita; EN — editor: Razvan-Adrian Pandea)

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