A prime ministerial swap was agreed between the Liberals and Social Democrats in the fall of 2021, but is now “postponed”
Bucharest, Romania26 May 2023, 22:13 3369 read 1 comment
Kelemen Hunor, Nicolae Chuka and Marcel Cholaku (from left to right) stood together in front of the media to announce that they are postponing the Prime Minister’s rotation that was supposed to take place today.
I will not resign as Prime Minister of Romania and the rotation of the government will not take place until we solve the problems with education and the teachers’ strike is stopped.
This was announced by the current Prime Minister of the country, Nikolae Chuka, at an extraordinary press conference today, on the day he was supposed to step down from the post of Prime Minister and hand over the baton to the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies and leader of the Social Democrats, Marcel Cholaku, BTA reported.
“I will not resign and run away from responsibility until the crisis is resolved,” Chuka stressed. He was supported by his future successor, Cholaku, who said that the announced decision was correct and changes in the government could not take place in a tense atmosphere.
“This is a decision we make together. We have accepted that the #1 priority in the government program is teachers and the health system. Together we will continue, I represent the legislative power, you represent the executive power, we will try to solve this problem, but we must also have a balance”, said Cholaku.
“I am convinced that there is a need for predictability, responsibility and strengthening of trust in society,” said Kelemen Hunor, leader of the third coalition partner in the government – the Democratic Union of Hungarians.
Prime Minister Čuka emphasized that thanks to the established stable coalition and political stability, Romania has so far been able to manage the energy crisis and deal with the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the effects of inflation.
The prime ministerial swap was agreed between the Liberals and Social Democrats in autumn 2021, when the two parties agreed to govern together.
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