Romania leader won't invite 'penal' politicians to reception

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) " Romania's president says he will not invite politicians who have been convicted or are under investigation to Dec. 1 national day celebrations.

Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday "in a law-abiding country... it is good to send the message that we are promoting clean politics."

Chairman of the Social Democratic Party Liviu Dragnea is not on the guest list to a military parade and a reception. He was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence this year for voting fraud.

Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, charged with making false statements to protect people in a real estate case, has also been snubbed.

Iohannis said, "in Europe's democratic countries" politicians who are being probed "take a step back until they resolve their problems."

Dragnea, however, said Iohannis had "confused politics with the nation."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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