Calin Popescu Tariceanu was elected, on Saturday, chairman of the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR) following that party’s Congress that took place over Friday and Saturday.
1180 delegates voted, of which 1167 voted for the Calin Popescu Tariceanu, the rest of the votes being annulled.
Tariceanu was the only candidate running for the position.
Furthermore, the 19 PLR deputy chairmen were elected through secret vote by the congress, 19 persons running for the posts.
They are: Daniel Barbu, Catalin Beciu, Radu Boroianu, deputy Steluta Cataniciu, senator Petru Ehegartner, deputy Gratiela Gavrilescu, Andrei Gerea, deputy Guran Virgil, senator Sorin Iliesiu, deputy Nicu Marcu, Marius Mateescu, senator Nasta Nicolae, deputy Ion Pargaru, Paun Dan, Ovidiu Szilagi, Mihai Stanisoara, Radu Stroe, Jan Tucan, and Ioan Utiu.
For the post of member of the Central Political Bureau 36 candidacies were filed. The first 27 after the vote will be rightful members, while the rest are to become substitute members.
PLR is a political project resulting from the partnership between the Initiative Group for Keeping the Liberal Identity, founded by chairman of the Senate Calin Popescu Tariceanu, and the National Environment Party.
Tariceanu, has stated, on Saturday, that the vote by which he was elected to head the new political party gives him hope that he will become President of Romania.
‘Your vote gives me hope and trust that I will become Romania’s President and that I will represent all Romanians as a president that understands his mission. (…) We will be in a position to give Romania its first Liberal president’, said Tariceanu to the delegates of the first PLR Congress that took place at the Palace of the Parliament.
Furthermore, the chairman of the Senate has interpreted the vote of his party colleagues as a mandate to continue Liberal ideas in Romania.
‘All of us here (…) and were elected, we gained a vote of confidence, a vote that I interpret very clearly and simply: you’ve mandated us to keep liberalism moving forward in Romania. (…) I want this team to represent liberalism not only for you, but for all Romanians. Many Romanians have trusted liberalism for 24 years to change Romania for the better, that liberalism can build a more prosperous society, a fairer society. We have the obligation to keep these dreams, these ideals moving forward’, said Tariceanu.