Prime Minister Florin Cîţu said on Saturday he had no plans to step down following reports of his 20-year ago sentence in the United States for driving under the influence of alcohol. Reiterating his “regret over this incident”, the head of government stressed the difference between the legal systems of the USA and Romania, condemning it as a “violation of American law”. He reiterated that all legal procedures required for his appointment as Prime Minister had been followed. In addition, Mr. Ciţu insisted on the need for reforms, stressing that after the by-elections, the National Liberal Party will be led by “a man who worked in the private sector, in the EIB, who did his job and never disappointed the exercise of a public office “.
The Adevarul newspaper in an article titled “The Prime Minister walks to the minefield because of his past” notes that the PNL heavy artillery, such as the mayor of Cluj, Emil Boc, the president of the local PNL organization in Suceava, Gheorghe Flutur or the president of the local PNL organization in Prahova, Iulian Dumitrescu, was “restrained”, preferring not to take a position on the incident. The newspaper wonders if, in the end, President Klaus Iohannis will be the “savior” of Florin Cîţu, whose “position begins to shake after coming into conflict with Ludovic Orban’s team, but also with USR-PLUS” and then with the “controversial events of the past”.
“Florin Cîţu’s Second Debt Case in the US,” Mediafax reports that in July 2008, six years after he left the United States, the head of government was sued in an Iowa court for $ 1 debt. 6,698.73. In this regard, Florin Cîţu denied the existence of a civil action, without being able to explain whether it was a “financial issue” or an unpaid loan: “I have no explanation. I really do not know what it is. In 2008, I was already in Romania “./ibna