Romanian president seeks PM's resignation over embassy row

Romanian president seeks PM's resignation over embassy row

Romania's president Klaus Iohannis asked Prime Minister Viorica Dancila to resign on Friday after he was not consulted when the government approved a secret memorandum to move the country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

"Netanyahu expressed appreciation for the Romanian government's approval of a draft decision on initiating the transfer of the Romanian embassy to Jerusalem and welcomed the statements of the president of the parliament in support of the move", it said.

"Mrs. Dăncilă does not cope with her position of Prime Minister of Romania and thus it turns the government into a vulnerability for Romania".

On a two-day visit to Israel this week following the surprise embassy announcement, Dancila said that at this stage she did not have "support of all parties as we would wish" to carry out the move.

"Speaker of the Deputies' Chamber stated that he endorses the proposal regarding the relocation of Romania's Embassy to Jerusalem, taking into account the internal consultations".

Iohannis and Dancila were scheduled to meet on Friday to mediate a discussion between the government and the central bank, but the prime minister cancelled the meeting shortly before it was to begin.

"This was a big error, because in foreign policy, if we're talking about secret documents, the president should have been consulted", Iohannis said.

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Dragnea, who effectively controls the government, can't be prime minister due to a 2016 conviction for vote-rigging.

"Meanwhile, the president should have been consulted, which did not happen", Iohannis stressed.

Under Romania's constitution, the President can not dismiss the Prime Minister. The first two were dismissed by the ruling coalition itself, after falling out with the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD).

On December 6, US President Donald Trump bucked decades of US foreign policy by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and launching the diplomatic process to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu also maintained close ties to the Palestine Liberation Organisation under Yasser Arafat.

Palestinians claim eastern Jerusalem, territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war from Jordan, as their future capital. The global community does not recognize Israel's jurisdiction over Jerusalem.

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