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Newly-elected Romanian President Klaus Iohannis

Shortly after being sworn in as Romania’s new president, Klaus Iohannis has called on politicians to make efforts to uproot corruption in the country.

Iohannis made the remarks on Sunday while addressing the Romanian parliament after his swearing-in ceremony.

The new president said there is no path for Romania other than becoming a nation “rid of all corruption.”

“I don’t want corruption to be present on the public agenda anymore,” Iohannis said, adding, “Public institutions should work for the citizens and the political class should understand once and for all that they are working for the public, rather than individual or group interests.”

The 55-year-old president from the country’s German minority said every level of the political class had to be clear of corruption.

The former mayor of the city of Sibiu further said he aimed to see a graft-free Romania at the end of his five-year term.

In November, Iohannis won the country’s presidential election in a second round with 54.4 percent of the votes.

In Romania, the president has the power to appoint the prime minister, oversee foreign policies, and veto draft laws.

Romania is the second poorest country in the European Union (EU). It joined the 28-nation bloc back in 2007 under special EU monitoring of its anti-corruption fight and judicial reforms.


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