Source: Basilica News Agency
December 12, 2017
The two chambers of the Romanian Parliament, namely the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, met on Monday, December 11, to commemorate Romania’s late King Michael I, who passed away to the Lord on December 5 at the age of 96.
The solemn meeting of the joint plenum of the House and the Senate, dedicated to paying homage to King Michael, started with the national anthem and a moment of silence. Chairing the meeting was Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu.
Attendees included Princess Margareta, President Klaus Iohannis, Patriarch Daniel, PM Mihai Tudose, as well as parliamentarians and ministers from the Republic of Moldova.
During his speech, President Iohannis said that, during his exile, “the king symbolized the hope of a reborn and free Romania, to which the Romanians did not cease to aspire.”
“Although he reigned more than 70 years ago, his principles do not belong to the past, but on the contrary, they are more current than ever. Michael I was a constitutional monarch who defended the rule of law, individual rights, and freedoms, who has fought for solid institutions and for the rules to be sustainable, assumed and respected,” the President said on Monday.
“King Michael I will forever remain in the memory of the Romanian people as a great statesman,” the head of state noted in the plenary session of the two chambers of Parliament.
“May the memory of King Michael forever remain in our hearts!” the president said concluding his speech.
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