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March 5, 2021

Voicu appeals PSD expulsion ruling, gets Iliescu’s support

Deputy Madalin Voicu on Monday filed an appeal to the expulsion decision from the Social Democrat Party. The decision was announced last Thursday by PSD Bucharest leader Marian Vanghelie, who also coordinates the Giurgiu branch, in which Voicu was a member.

Voicu said he received no official, written notice of the decision and thus his appeal was lodged against “the oral decision voiced by Vanghelie.” Voicu also said he will expect an official decision from the PSD, especially that he is a member of the party’s National Council. “I am waiting to receive the official decision, to confirm or not what Vanghelie said about my being expelled from the party. If they didn’t call me when they decided to kick me out, the least they can do is send me an official notice,” Voicu said. Vanghelie said last week that Voicu was expelled for “disservice” to the party. He said that Voicu was not present to hear the accusations against him, although he had been summoned.

The decision was heavily criticised by Voicu, but also by other PSD leaders, including Miron Mitrea and Ion Iliescu. Daily ‘Gandul’ reported yesterday that Iliescu is very angry with the decision to expel Voicu from the organization and attacked Vanghelie, suggesting that he is worse than communists. “Not even communists did that, to expel people from the party in their absence and without giving them the possibility to defend themselves,” Iliescu was quoted as saying by the publication.

Meanwhile, National Liberal Party’s prime vice president Ludovic Orban invited Voicu to join PNL. “I am fond of him, he’s not like the crypto-communists of the PSD. Madalin doesn’t look good with Iliescu by his side. PNL will gladly welcome Madalin Voicu,” Orban said, according to Realitatea TV.

When asked whether he might accept PNL’s offer, Voicu said he received similar offers from all parties, but that he wants to “reserve his right of staying independent and of supporting or criticising people, not parties.”

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