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Political sources inside both parties, cited by realitatea.net, claim the date for the joint congress on the merger has already been set, presumably on July 12.
Leaders of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Liberal Democratic Party (PDL) have agreed upon the end of next week as the deadline for finalizing the joint drafts regarding the new party statute and economic and political agendas, and a joint congress could be held in mid-July on the merger of the two parties. The announcement was made yesterday by PDL First Vice-Chairman Catalin Predoiu.
On June 30, he said, PNL and PDL’s specialized commissions will submit the new party statute and economic and political agendas to the mixed negotiation commission. “These three drafts, drawn up by the under-commission chiefs, will be analyzed by the colleagues from PNL. After these discussions, we will reconvene to finalize the national draft, which is the focal point of on-going procedures,” Predoiu stated, as cited by Mediafax. According to him, the issues concerning the new party’s name, logo, and colors have not been discussed so far. “Organizations are working towards carrying out this merger and the procedural steps will be taken after the two parties hold their congresses,” Predoiu explained. The PDL leader mentioned that polls on who the joint presidential candidate will be could be held after July 15; the polling agencies will take a survey of the public opinion both in Romania and abroad.
In turn, Cristina Pocora, spokesperson for PNL, announced that the joint commissions of PNL and PDL will meet this week to work on the new party statute and political agenda. The PNL-PDL statute commission has not convened so far, but each party has outlined its point of view.
Before this information was made public, citing sources inside both parties, realitatea.net wrote the date of the joint party congress that would decide on the merger had already been set. According to the quoted source, PNL and PDL will organize a merger congress on July 12, when the political decision on the matter will be made, and the political agenda and joint statute will be adopted.
Melescanu: If I am proposed to run for President, PNL should do it
Director of SIE Teodor Melescanu said on Monday that if he will be proposed to run for presidency, he is still going to consider it. “I said it three months ago and what I said still stands. In case I will be asked, I will consider such proposal and I will make a decision,” Melescanu said. Inquired whether he has any preference regarding the political party who should propose him to run for President, Melescanu said: “I have no preference but naturally such proposal should come from my former colleagues, PNL, which suspended me.” Melescanu made these statements after the meeting he held with the members of the SIE parliamentary commission about the situation of the institution budget and the way the Services abide by the priorities in the national intelligence plan.