PNL, PDL not giving up merger, to form alliance for presidential elections


PDL President Vasile Blaga stated on Tuesday evening after his meeting with the leadership of PNL that PDL and PNL will form “an electoral alliance” for the presidential elections and will have a single presidential candidate, pointing out that the merger depends on the legal process. “The actual merger does not depend on us, on the two parties, it depends on the legal process, which is complicated as you well know. The two parties will form an electoral alliance, at the right moment we will also tell you the name of the alliance and the form in which we will run. I repeat, a single presidential candidate,” Blaga pointed out, adding that the designation of the single candidate and the preparation of the paperwork needed for the merger will be ready by August 1. Asked whether PDL is willing to give up its name in order to merge with PNL, the PDL President pointed out: “I’ve already told you so many times, all at the right moment.” “We have enough time to establish the name of the future party,” he added.PNL President Klaus Johannis stated in his turn, after meeting the leaders of PDL, that PNL will designate a single presidential candidate by mid-July, and the presidential candidate of the right wing resulting from PNL’s merger with PDL will be established by the end of this month. “Irrespective of who our presidential candidate is, the merger process, the process of unifying the right wing, will continue,” Johannis said. “We, PNL, will have a candidate, a single candidate designated for the presidential elections half way through the month, and by the end of July we will have the candidate of the right wing that results from the merger of PNL with PDL. Irrespective of whether the democratic merger procedures reach an advanced stage or not, we will enter this configuration with all determination,” Johannis pointed out. According to PNL Vice President Teodor Atanasiu, the choice will be to register in the presidential elections a single candidate on behalf of an electoral alliance out of technical considerations. National leader of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) Klaus Johannis had previously said that PNL’s option is clear, in favor of a merger with PDL. Former PNL President Crin Antonescu has also stated that all reasonable efforts must be made for a merger with the Democratic Liberal Party. In what regards the candidate for the presidential elections, Antonescu stated that a sociological analysis, studies, polls are necessary, but “not only polls” are necessary. The statements made by Johannis and Antonescu came after PNL Honorary President Mircea Ionescu-Quintus said he has his doubts over PNL merging with PDL, pointing out that if neither of them wants to give up on its identity an alliance is the only solution for cooperation.PDL, PNL file simple motionPDL MP Claudia Boghicevici has announced within the Lower Chamber’s plenum meeting, during an extraordinary session, that the parliamentary groups of PDL and PNL in the Lower Chamber have filed the simple motion titled “PSD is allergic to the judiciary.” Lower Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea pointed out that the simple motion “will be presented during the first meeting of the Lower Chamber’s Permanent Bureau.” At the same time, another 12 PNL MPs announced their resignation from the party yesterday during the Lower Chamber’s plenum meeting. The MPs are: Nicolae Alexandri, Gratiela Gavrilescu, Viorel Palasca, Ioan Cupa, Andrei Gerea, Sorin Teju, Ioan Viorel Teodorescu, Mihai Stanisoara, Daniel Ghitoiu, Nicu Marcu, Gheorghe Mirel Talos and Radu Stroe. They will become unaffiliated MPs as a result. Most of them announced they would resign at the beginning of this week.

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