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Iohannis says Government cannot issue emergency ordinance on constitutional articles in Criminal Codes

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Klaus Iohannis

AGERPRES special correspondent Madalina Cerban reports: President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday in Brussels that it is not possible for the Government to issue an emergency ordinance on the constitutional articles of the Criminal Codes, stating that it cannot legislate by ordinance on a case that is in the usual procedure in Parliament.

Asked how he comments on the Government's intention to issue an emergency ordinance on the constitutional articles of the Criminal Codes, Iohannis said: "This simply cannot be done. It has been attempted before. There is the practice of the Constitutional Court, which declared such attempts simply unconstitutional".

At the same time, the head of state said that the Executive "cannot legislate by ordinance on a case which is in usual procedure in Parliament".

"The explanation is very simple. So, it cannot be done," Iohannis said before joining the European Council meeting in Brussels.

Premier Viorica Dancila announced on Monday that the PSD (Social Democratic Party, major at rule, ed.n.)'s National Executive Committee discussed and decided the timeliness to approve an ordinance amending the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code in the sense of adopting those articles that were declared constitutional.


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