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Iohannis: Elections to be postponed if they cannot take place safely

Administratia Prezidentiala
Klaus Iohannis

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that he wants local elections to be held this autumn and parliamentary elections to be organized in late November or early December, as initially scheduled, but that the ballots will have to be postponed if their safety cannot be guaranteed.

"Increasingly more experts tell us that we won't be able to get rid of the virus and that we will have to find a way to live with it. (...) It's still too early to say whether we will or not have elections in September, October or December, it all depends on how we manage the epidemic and on how the population reacts to this virus. What is really important, in my opinion, is that we hold the ballots when they don't pose a danger to the population. I will not agree to elections being held as long as the epidemic still lingers and there's a significant number of sick people. I'd like us to succeed in holding local elections this autumn, and parliamentary elections as planned, towards the end of November or the beginning of December, but if they cannot take place safely, they'll have to be postponed; under no circumstance will I allow elections to be held under the sign of the epidemic," the head of the state told a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace.

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