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October 25, 2021

Geoana voices support for PSD members

Social Democrat leader and presidential runner Mircea Geoana on Wednesday evening during a show on Realitatea TV defended a series of leading party members who have come under heavy criticism lately from the Democrat Liberals and President Traian Basescu. Geoana said Ion Iliescu, Marian Vanghelie, Viorel Hrebenciuc and Adrian Nastase are part of his party and he will never give them up. His statement came when he was asked to comment on Basescu’s allegatiosn that the PSD is not led by Geoana, but ‘from behind’ by Iliescu, Hrebenciuc, Vanghelie and Nastase. “They are members of my party. I am not denouncing them. I will not be drawn into these sorts of games,” he said.

The PSD leader, who is facing President Basescu in a December 6 runoff, voiced conviction that the following days, there will be all sorts of ‘intoxicating messages’ and video footage meant to discredit him. He vowed that if he wins the runoff and becomes president, he will not seek revenge on his political rivals. “There will be no political vendetta. I don’t think we have to follow the ‘eye for an eye’ principle, because we’ll never stop fighting if we do,” he said.

During the same show, the PSD leader talked about the Liviu Negoita cabinet, which is currently waiting to face Parliament’s confidence vote to take office. Negoita was appointed prime minister by Basescu, but the opposition doesn’t agree with the nomination, supporting Sibiu Mayor Klaus Johannis instead. The deadline for Negoita to face Parliament expired on Tuesday and on Wednesday evening, President Basescu severely criticized lawmakers for putting off the vote.When asked to comment on the issue, Geoana, who also serves as Senate Speaker, said the Negoita cabinet issue will be “evacuated” by Parliament’s majority in “30 seconds,” through a simple vote. “What Negoita government? What democratic rule says 30 per cent (of lawmakers) can dictate what to do to the 65 per cent majority? This is why I find this game absolutely stupid and embarrassing. And this game will stop when I become president,” Geoana added.

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