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Irina Marica
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Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Over 130,000 Romanians sign petition asking Ombudsman’s resignation, protests on Wednesday

More than 137,000 Romanians have signed a petition that demands the resignation of Romania’s Ombudsman, Victor Ciorbea. Meanwhile, people rally on Facebook for protests to take place in Bucharest and other cities on Wednesday.

Both initiatives were triggered by Victor Ciorbea’s decision to challenge at the Constitutional Court the law that doesn’t allow a person with a criminal conviction to become a member of the Government.

This law prevented Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea from claiming the position of Prime Minister after his party's victory in the December 11 parliamentary elections, due to his two-year suspended sentence. However, Ciorbea said that his action didn’t relate to Dragnea’s case, but to the overall regulation. According to him, the law violates several texts of the Romanian Constitution, as well as provisions of the international law.

However, his decision to challenge the law, which some people saw as a move that would clear the PSD leader’s way to becoming the country’s Prime Minister, made Romanians demand his resignation.

“Mr. Ciorbea, we are unhappy with the way you carry out your activity, paying little attention to citizens and caring more about politicians accused or sentenced for various illegal acts. We ask you to free the position for someone who puts people’s interest first,” reads the petition’s presentation.

Meanwhile, people are organizing protests against Victor Ciorbea on Facebook, also asking for his resignation. The protests are to take place in Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, and Arad on Wednesday evening, with more than 1,200 people appearing as attending the protest in the capital.

“It’s time to let them know that all this has a limit: the convicts’ problems with the law is not on the society’s agenda. We’re protesting for principles of democracy, not against the others’ vote – who can join us as well,” reads the presentation of the Facebook event announcing the protest.

The law Ciorbea challenged to the Constitutional Court last week was adopted in 2001. However, it only came up after the December parliamentary elections, when PSD leader Liviu Dragnea had to come up with a Prime Minister proposal. He couldn’t name himself as he was convicted last year to two years of probation for fraud in the case related to the referendum to dismiss former President Traian Basescu in 2012. Many of his party’s leaders said that he would be entitled to hold this position, and even Dragnea himself said that would have been entitled to take over as Prime Minister.

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Institutia Avocatul Poporului on Facebook)

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Over 130,000 Romanians sign petition asking Ombudsman’s resignation, protests on Wednesday

More than 137,000 Romanians have signed a petition that demands the resignation of Romania’s Ombudsman, Victor Ciorbea. Meanwhile, people rally on Facebook for protests to take place in Bucharest and other cities on Wednesday.

Both initiatives were triggered by Victor Ciorbea’s decision to challenge at the Constitutional Court the law that doesn’t allow a person with a criminal conviction to become a member of the Government.

This law prevented Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea from claiming the position of Prime Minister after his party's victory in the December 11 parliamentary elections, due to his two-year suspended sentence. However, Ciorbea said that his action didn’t relate to Dragnea’s case, but to the overall regulation. According to him, the law violates several texts of the Romanian Constitution, as well as provisions of the international law.

However, his decision to challenge the law, which some people saw as a move that would clear the PSD leader’s way to becoming the country’s Prime Minister, made Romanians demand his resignation.

“Mr. Ciorbea, we are unhappy with the way you carry out your activity, paying little attention to citizens and caring more about politicians accused or sentenced for various illegal acts. We ask you to free the position for someone who puts people’s interest first,” reads the petition’s presentation.

Meanwhile, people are organizing protests against Victor Ciorbea on Facebook, also asking for his resignation. The protests are to take place in Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, and Arad on Wednesday evening, with more than 1,200 people appearing as attending the protest in the capital.

“It’s time to let them know that all this has a limit: the convicts’ problems with the law is not on the society’s agenda. We’re protesting for principles of democracy, not against the others’ vote – who can join us as well,” reads the presentation of the Facebook event announcing the protest.

The law Ciorbea challenged to the Constitutional Court last week was adopted in 2001. However, it only came up after the December parliamentary elections, when PSD leader Liviu Dragnea had to come up with a Prime Minister proposal. He couldn’t name himself as he was convicted last year to two years of probation for fraud in the case related to the referendum to dismiss former President Traian Basescu in 2012. Many of his party’s leaders said that he would be entitled to hold this position, and even Dragnea himself said that would have been entitled to take over as Prime Minister.

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Institutia Avocatul Poporului on Facebook)

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