The National Liberal Party (NLP) - Democratic Party (DP) Alliance Asks for Ilies
POLITICS - July 17 2004The leaders of the NLP-DP Alliance ask for the resignation of the President Ion Iliescu, because Romania doesnât have anymore a president to fulfill the demands of the Constitution for this function.
MONICA ANDREIThe NLP-DP Alliance spokesman, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, asked for this yesterday, following the TV show "Starea natiunii (The State of the People)", on TVR (the Romanian Television) on Thursday night. "The beliefs of Iliescu expressed by him on the national public television station in prime time clearly show that the President doesnât fulfill his duties as chief of the state anymore. He obviously became a protective president and the main electoral agent of the Social Democratic Party (SDP)", said Tariceanu.
He said that during the entire period of this show, the President Iliescu "continuously praised SDP and criticized, all of a heap, the opposition, the mass-media, the former governing parties, without hesitating to teach everyone behavior lessons". Tariceanu said that he will address TVR to ask the stationâs leader to have an equidistant attitude towards all the political parties. He added he will complain to the National Council of the Audio-Video (NCAV) also.
CRITICISMS. The Allianceâs spokesman also said that "a president that who doesnât respect the laws or the moral principles has a great lack of credibility when he talks about moral signals". "The chief of the state has made incommensurate efforts to make Nastase and the other members of the Government appear as some sort of national heroes, which is far from the Presidentâs attributions", the representative of the Alliance continued.
RECLAMATION. Tariceanu also complained about the "improper way" in which Iliescu tried to justify its six meetings with SDP. "During his meetings with Nastase, Iliescu didnât seem to be interested in the Governmentâs state, nor in the integration, but only in the SDP restructuring, the party in which he intends to come back, in the name of his affection for it which he doesnât even try to hide. He is free to feel attached to any party, but he should do that after the end of his mandate", concluded Tariceanu.
ANSWERThis is not the first time when the NLP-DP Alliance asks for Iliescuâs resignation. That is why during the show we have previously talked about the President stated that he is not to resign and that he will leave the Cotroceni Palace at the end of his present mandate.
"What is the motivation of that? I will leave at the end of this mandate", said the President. The chief of the state that the meeting with the Permanent Delegation of SDP from the 5th of July appeared after the demand of the Prime Minister Nastase which is also the president of the governing party. "All I did was to do my job and discuss and I cannot refuse the leading board of a governing party which comes for consulting", emphasized Iliescu.
Translation: SORIN BALAN