Catalin Predoiu, designated alliance’s PM contender
The joint National Political Bureau of the ACL Christian Liberal Alliance of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) on Monday designated PNL’s national leader Klaus Johannis ACL’s presidential candidate.
‘Thank you for the designation! I feel honoured. Thank you to all my colleagues and Vasile Blaga for us having been able to stick to a schedule we wanted back in June for the merger of the two parties, the establishment of their alliance and the designation of our presidential candidate,’ Johannis told PDL and PNL.He also thanked PDL’s Catalin Predoiu for ‘elegance in the battle to designate the presidential candidate of ACL,’ saying he is convinced Predoiu will be an important supporter of his presidential bid. Johannis also said he counts on the backing of a team of over 1,500 mayors, county council chairs and thousands of locally elected officers. ‘With such a force three is no excuse for us not winning the presidential election,’ said Johannis. The Christian Liberal Alliance of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) on Monday decided to officially launch its designated candidate for the presidential election, namely Klaus Johannis, on September 27, the respective event following to take place in Bucharest, political sources told AGERPRES at the end of a meeting of the joint National Political Bureau of the ACL.The joint National Political Bureau of the ACL Christian Liberal Alliance of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) on Monday designated PDL’s Catalin Predoiu ACL’s prime minister candidate. National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Klaus Johannis said that in case he wins the presidential elections he will guarantee Romania’s path in terms of foreign policy and justice independence.
‘There are two areas, in which, as Romania’s president, I shall guarantee and defend everything that has been achieved over the recent years. The first one is related to our foreign policy and our fundamental options – the strategic partnership with the USA, namely, and our NATO and EU membership. We can discuss details, projects on the qualitative increase of Romania’s contribution to these mechanisms, but Romania’s orientation to the West, to the Occident, its strategic ally statute are nonnegotiable. The second area is concerned with the justice independence and its correct functioning. It is undoubtedly a gain of the past few years, which must be defended and consolidated,’ Johannis said after his being designated candidate in the presidential elections on behalf of the Christian Liberal Alliance (ACL) of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL). He underscored that Romania cannot function without a truly independent justice. ‘Romania’s president will be the main guarantor of this project being irreversible,’ Johannis pointed out. The Liberal voiced his determination in winning the presidential race and showed that the country president must be a model of honesty, balance and conduct. ‘The president must be a mediator and integrator, capable to generate consensus between institutions and society, but this does not mean we shall turn the presidency into a weak institution. The president must be firm when faced with slippages from the rule of law and with politicians’ immoderations and, believe me, I shall be firm,’ the PNL Chairman added. ‘I want less spectacle, less commotion and more seriousness in exercising the presidential office,’ Johannis said, pointing out that he proposes Romanians a decade of prosperity and rule of law. He pointed out that the president to be elected in November will take over the mandate on the days of celebrating 25 years since the Revolution of 1989. ‘The moment has a symbolic feel. It is time to draw a line, to see how democracy and the Romanian society evolved, but it is also time for a new beginning, to give some prospects to the nation, to give a new country project to give a new model of politics and of exercising the presidential office,’ Johannis said. The Liberals’ leader also pointed out it is for the first time in 25 years when a political structure designates for the supreme office in state a Romanian citizen belonging to an ethnic minority, maintaining that this thing proves that ‘we begin to be a Liberal society.’