Critic Nicolae Manolescu on Monday got a second mandate as president of the Writers’ Union with 174 votes of 334. Literary critic and incumbent President of the Writers’ Union of Romania (USR), Nicolae Manolescu, was competing with four contenders – Nicolae Breban, Stefan Agopian, Dan Mircea Cipariu and Constantin Stan – during the USR National Conference. During the conference where the delegates elected by the various branch and unit assemblies have voting rights the last four-year report will be presented by the current president and a new president will be elected, who will run the organisation in the following four years. The USR Council will meet today to elect the vice-presidents, the Steering Committee, the juries and the Council committees of the Union. Although different in appearance, the five competitors’ programmes in fact address the current wishes of most Romanian writers that the Union regains the place it deserves at a national level by creating a different image for the writers’ trade and the redefinition of the USR-state relations. Whist Dan Mircea Cipariu developed his programme around his successful projects and Nicolae Breban, just like Nicolae Manolescu, proposed a neutral and objective project, in the meantime since the candidacies had been announced there also have been attacks on the Union’s president in office mainly coming from Stefan Agopian. Nicolae Manolescu’s reply came promptly, with the USR President calling Agopian’s deeds as irresponsible. Although, during a press conference, he had noted he was not running against Manolescu, Breban or Agopian, Constantin Stan has not been any more indulgent of Manolescu, stating that, in order for one to be the president of the Union, they needed more than notoriety.