Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Romania: Romania's Interior Minister quits

Romanian Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea said on Tuesday he had handed in his resignation, stressing that he did not agree to "people being imposed according to criteria different from competence."

The social democrat minister made the move after his Social Democratic Party (PSD) withdrew on Monday the political support granted to him.

PSD's President Mircea Geoana on Monday stated the party's National Standing Bureau (BPN) has taken the decision by a large majority and only two abstentions.

Geoana argued the decision taken by the PSD's leading body by saying "Gabriel Oprea has deliberately breached lately, the party discipline," disregarding the procedure which needs to be followed in appointing Secretaries of State with the ministry, by appointing people in key positions within the ministry, "without previously discussing such proposal with the party."

"I think I have done my duty to the party exemplarily. I have never worked against the party and party discipline," argued Oprea, who mentioned that it was one of his tasks to make the nominations in question.

He emphasized the fact that people working with the ministry must carry out the policy of the national interest, that is "the rule of law should work," and added that "I do not want to carry papers from one place to another and to be a puppet minister."

Source: Xinhua
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