Geoana, Becali and Basescu announce presidential bid

Sorin Oprescu, Kelemen Hunor and Corneliu Vadim Tudor are set to join the race.

Social-Democrat leader Mircea Geoana officially launched his candidacy for president on Friday, during an extraordinary congress of the PSD+PC alliance, which unanimously endorsed his bid. The discourse of both Geoana and other party leaders was marked by rough criticism of President Traian Basescu and the current government.

Geoana, Adrian Nastase and Ion Iliescu criticized the incumbent head of state and called for PSD unity. Geoana said that in 50 days, the Social-Democrats will rid the country of Basescu and of this “damned rule” of the Basescu-Boc government.

On Saturday, meanwhile, President Basescu made a surprise announcement and said he would run for a second term. Basescu made the announcement during a meeting with farmers in Sannicolau Mare, Timis County.

The announcement was greeted by the Democrat Liberals, although the president did not say whether he would run on their behalf. When asked to comment on this issue, Basescu said it remains to be seen whether there will be any party to assume his candidacy.

MEP and Steaua financier Gigi Becali also launched his candidacy, under the slogan “Faith, hope, love.” Becali thinks his main rival is PSD leader Mircea Geoana and that he could make it to the third place if he has to run against Basescu as well.

Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu has not yet made up his mind and is consulting friends about his possible presidential bid. His campaign chief, Octav Cozmanca, however, said Oprescu would launch his candidacy in a matter of days.

Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania’s candidate, Kelemen Hunor, is set to officially launch his candidacy today in Arad. Greater Romania Party leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor is also expected to make an official announcement, as he has repeatedly declared his intention to run for president on several occasions until now.

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