Former National Liberal Party (PNL) leader Ludovic Orban considers that, in the event that Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca does not resign voluntarily following the accusation of plagiarism, the head of state, Klaus Iohannis, must ask him to do so.
"Ciuca is prime minister because that is what Iohannis wanted. If Ciuca doesn't voluntarily resign because on account of the plagiarism accusation, the one who has to ask for his resignation is Iohannis himself. All the more so as Iohannis was uncompromising with regard to plagiarism," Orban wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
He brought up statements of President Iohannis on plagiarism: 'Plagiarism is intellectual theft, and that it is unacceptable for accused people not to take a step back in the face of conclusive evidence, as is the case in established democracies. In order to progress as a society, the competent institutions must drastically sanction those who illegally appropriate the intellectual work of others, but also those who facilitate such a thing'.
"This is what President Iohannis was saying this summer. Today he was as silent as a mouse! What Educated Romania could Iohannis possibly talk about if he turns a blind eye and does not react in any way to these serious accusations that affect Romania's external image, taking into account what he upheld at the presentation of the Educated Romania project: 'Thieves are perched at the top of the state in our country, and this was possible due to the high tolerance of society and the university milieu towards plagiarism. Because plagiarism is a form of theft'," Ludovic Orban added.
Meanwhile, the National Defense University "Carol I" informs that at the level of the institution the procedures for verifying the observance of the quality and academic ethics standards of the doctoral thesis 'The dimension of the Romanian Army's participation in multinational joint operations', defended by Nicolae Ciuca in 2003, following a request from the Prime Minister in this regard.