Catalin Predoiu, potential presidential candidate of PDL. “Choosing a candidate that might enter the race for the office of president of Romania will be done only after consulting the more than 300,000 members,” PDL leader Vasile Blaga announced.
The president of PDL said Saturday, in a press conference held at Baia Mare, after the meeting of the National Steering Board of the party, that former Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu, now first vice-president of PDL might be one of the potential candidates of PDL for the presidential elections. “Of course, competition is open in the party (…). One of the names which we favour is Catalin Predoiu, but other names can join the competition too,” Blaga said, quoted by HotNews.ro.
He also expressed the availability of PDL to collaborate, after the European elections of 2014, with the other center-right political parties on finding “the best formula” for the presidential elections. Blaga however added that PDL hopes that the person whom the party will choose as president will also be the candidate of the right for the presidential elections of next year. According to the PDL leader, the future candidate for the presidency of Romania must be very familiar with the attributions of the presidential office, exactly know the duties pertaining to foreign policy, defence: “This must be (…) a correct person, very serious, a very good proven administrator.”
In a different move, Blaga announced that his party will present an alternate government by mid-September, saying that he is “worried and scandalised” by “the political bog” in which Premier Victor Ponta “is
In his turn, PDL first vice-president Catalin Predoiu said that the alternate government is necessary because USL is “a machine with malfunctioning computer that drags Romania towards poverty and underdevelopment.” “Victor Ponta became arrogant and sufficient and the Ponta government is incapable,” he added.
As for possibly being one of the presidential candidates of PDL, Predoiu said that he is honoured by Blaga’s proposal, but the decision will be made after consulting all party branches throughout the country. Yesterday, Predoiu said in Oradea that the party would accept a common candidate of the right only coming from PDL. As a matter of fact, both Predoiu and Blaga criticized the People’s Movement, Blaga saying PDL would go for its own at the parliamentary elections and would stop making “donations” to all kind of small parties.
Common front for the unification of the right
PDL’s front leaders’ statements are coming after PDL Deputy Elena Udrea on Saturday reiterated that PDL should make a decision about initiating a political construction of center-right that will have a sole candidate for the presidential elections. According to Udrea, the respective construction might include the Civic Force, the People’s Movement and, possibly, PNL, “after it will leave the alliance (with PSD).” In her opinion, the future presidential candidate must be “a popular person that gathers votes.” Asked whether she wishes to run for president herself, Udrea avoided a clear answer, only saying that “it is important what you can, not what you wish.”
Asked to comment the statement of PM Victor Ponta about the Cotroceni Palace no longer existing as Presidency, as it “turned into a campaign team for Ms. Udrea in view of presidential elections,” the PDL deputy said that the premier “is obsessed” by her.
Coming to a different topic, she mentioned that she received no reproach in the meeting of the Steering Board, as she cannot be blamed for “actions that damaged PDL” and she is among the party members who constantly oppose the USL, respectively the Ponta government.
The president of the Civic Force Party, Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (MRU), shares the opinions of Elena Udrea about the unification of the right and the existence of a common candidate for the presidential elections. Asked about the moment when this construction should be achieved, he reminded that the Civic Force proposed in March a unification plan with two tactical phases and a strategic one, which imply a joint list in the European elections, a common presidential candidate and a federation of center-right parties for the horizon of 2016, which can participate together in both local and general elections.
Ungureanu believes that one might accept PNL into a complex formula of center-right, but this can only happen in the future, because now PNL is “prisoner in a personal project of Mr. Antonescu.” Asked if he will run for president, he answered that “it becomes a civic duty for 19 million citizens to run against Crin Antonescu.” He added that “it is dramatic for USL” being able to find only one presidential candidate.
Vasile Blaga does not share the opinion, as he said that he will does not consider a collaboration with PNL for the presidential elections, because this party is in an alliance with PSD, Crin Antonescu is designated as candidate in the presidential race and PDL does not support him for the office of head of state.
Criticism aimed at Antonescu and Ponta
The president of the People’s Movement Party, Eugen Tomac said Saturday that PNL leader Crin Antonescu is “one of the biggest catastrophes of the political stage,” as he had anti-European and anti-democratic statements of late, a behaviour which denotes “lack of vision.” He also blamed PM Victor Ponta for not observing his campaign promises and, instead of providing one million jobs, he came with “one million lies.”