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Presidential adviser Sebastian Lazaroiu attacks Civic Force leader Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (photo) and the leader of the Christian democratic Foundation, Adrian Papahagi in a Facebook posting, slamming them over ‘pretending not to know Traian Basescu, the man who promoted them’. ‘Two commas in Romanian politics – MRU, promoted as Foreign Minister, head of SIE and Prime Minister. By Traian Basescu. Papahagi, invited on the stage by the same Traian Basescu in the summer referendum campaign. I can sadly see how they are both pretending not to know Traian Basescu, the man who promoted them both. To one of them, he is a not-to-be-followed model and for the other one he is some sort of a pariah. Yet, I stubbornly believe that the lack of upright stature is not a pre-requisite for going big in politics. Maybe some comma, here and there…’, Lazaroiu states. The presidential adviser’s attacks occur in the context where ex-PM Mihai Razvan Ungureanu has been insisting for a while on the fact that the Right ought to designate its presidential candidate for 2014 as soon as possible, position he obviously pursues. He resumed his statements on Saturday, after the party Steering College meeting held in Brasov. The former PM noted he would soon open inside the Opposition a debate on the nomination of a candidate in the presidential election and that, based on the conclusion of such talks, the Civic Force would make a decision in the matter. ‘Time becomes our enemy. We don’t want to be put again in the situation we were in last autumn, when we were expected to work wonders in just two months’, he stressed. Ungureanu also insisted on the fact that the president of Romania should be still elected by universal suffrage rather than by Parliament and that, so far, he had nothing to reproach PDL and PNTCD in terms of their cooperation in the parliamentary election.In a position taken on Facebook a few days ago, Ungureanu said it was ‘unbelievable’ what was happening with the political Right that misses no opportunity to show how ‘unprepared’ it is for doing genuine opposition and, through mutual attacks and retaliation, it shows that the unification of the Right is a far-fetched desiderate. Lazaroiu’s criticism also occurred after Adrian Papahagi had recently stated on Facebook: ‘The Right needs to propose a candidate for the presidential election as soon as possible. On the other hand, I don’t believe we can win in 2014 with the person launched and supported by Traian Basescu – that’s ungracious, but true (it was obvious on December 9). Papahagi actually answered Lazaroiu also on Facebook, where he wrote: ‘the zero after the comma got mad at the comma.’ Adrian Papahagi said on TV Friday night that he did not believe Emil Boc would stand for election as president in 2014 but that, in his opinion, the Cluj-Napoca mayor is one of the people ‘in the front line’ for that position, next to Mihai Razvan Ungureanu and Monica Macovei.
Support for Diaconescu
According to Realitatea.net, PDL sources have told NewsIn that the next presidential candidate Traian Basescu would support is actually his adviser, Cristian Diaconescu, who will occupy a lead position in the future either as head of PDL or as the head of a larger group of right-wing forces. In that way, Traian Basescu is reportedly trying to come to terms with the Blaga group who would support Diaconescu to the detriment of the Udrea-Falca wing that apparently is unable to bring together a majority of the leaders for winning the leadership of the group favourable to Traian Basescu. One of Diaconescu’s strengths in the described context is exactly his ability to get support also from the left-wing USL area he comes from, as he used to be one of PSD’s prominent leaders. Cristian Diaconescu who has been Foreign then Justice Minister, defected from PSD in 2010 taking with him the other ‘rebels’ and set up UNPR. He was even the honorary president of Gabriel Oprea’s party. In May last year, Diaconescu resigned from UNPR and as Senator after he had been appointed presidential adviser.