Klaus Iohannis, the Romanian President, has refused to approve a set of justice bill passed by the Romanian Parliament.
President Iohannis said the bills passed by the ‘Social Democrat-led parliament’ will threaten the ‘rule of law’.
“The bills … fail to meet European standards,” President Iohannis said adding that he will send the bill to Romania’s Constitution Court and notify the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission.
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— Judges for Judges (@Judges4J) May 2, 2018
The reforms passed as bills in the parliament are regarded as “damaging to fight against corruption,” the Balkan Insight reported.
Social Democratic Party, the ruling party of Romania, came under heavy criticism after the parliament passed the justice bill.
The ruling party, however, didn’t listen to the criticism and went ahead with the controversial bill sparking massive protests in Romania.
Thousands of the people took to the streets of Romania demonstrating against the ruling party move.
The recent demonstrations are deemed as largest protests against the government since the fall of communism.
The activists who are leading protests against the government move are have announced of a large protest to be held on May 12.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is a center-right politician and he is at odds with the ruling Social Democrats.
He has recently urged the Social Democrat Prime Minister of Romania to step down because she is ‘unfit for the position’.
Just as he was starting to look completely irrelevant, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has called on the country's PM Viorica Dancila to resign. Iohannis said this morning that Dancila is an embarrassment, and simply not up to the job. He is right.
— Craig Turp-Balazs (@bucharestlife) April 27, 2018
His relations with the government soared even further when he refused a government request to fire anti-graft chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi.
The European Union has recently announced that it will cut funds for the member states who are undermining the rule of law.
Romanian political experts believe that the President’s refusal to approve the bill was encouraged after the EU announcement because it goes against European Standard.