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UPDATE President Iohannis: If things go wrong, I warn; I cannot wait for catastrophe to befall us

AGERPRES special correspondent to Sofia, Bulgaria, Florentina Peia reports: 

President Klaus Iohannis said Thursday that if he notices that "things go wrong" in Romania, his duty is to draw attention, saying that he cannot wait for "catastrophe to befall us." 

"There was no war, there was no peace [between him and the government]. Under Article 80 of the Constitution, which defines the role of the President, the President watches over the proper functioning of the public authorities. And watching over is not a passive state. I cannot wait for a catastrophe to befall us. If I see things go wrong, I think it is my duty to draw attention; it's not an option, it's my duty to draw attention, to invite to discussions, to ask for informed opinions and so on. That is what I am doing," Iohannis said in Sofia, Bulgaria, ahead of an EU-Western Balkans Summit. 

He added that if "the [Social Democratic Party] PSD and the government do not like being held a mirror up to, then they should work better." Iohannis stressed that he had the final say about relocating an embassy. 

"I agree that all aspects have to be there, because it is good to know where we stand so that we may make a decision, but the final say, according to the Constitution, rests with me, and I have never decided on important matters or even less important matters to Romania, without being informed. So, a decision-maker who start blabbing in a foreign country without knowing all the details of the problem is profoundly mistaken. I am not going to be wrong about this matter," Iohannis explained.





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