‘Moguls’ Vantu, Patriciu refrain from making comments

Both Realitatea-Catavencu media trust owner Sorin Ovidiu Vantu and Liberla businessman Dinu Patriciu, two of the ‘moguls’ perpetually criticized by President Traian Basescu, refrained from making any statements about the outcome of the election. The two had supported Social-Democrat leader Mircea Geoana for president and were involved in a tough campaign against Basescu in the weeks ahead of the vote. Vantu, who last week announced he would make a public statement on Monday in which he would explain how many times he met with Basescu, for various reasons, gave up the plan, citing the “tense” political situation.

Last Thursday, Vantu said in 2004 he met with Basescu “in a parking lot” and discussed ways of helping him win the presidential election. At the time, Basescu was facing ex PSD leader Adrian Nastase. Vantu’s comments came after it was revealed that Geoana last week had a ‘secret’ meeting with the businessman, according to Basescu. Vantu confirmed the meeting and underlined that he and Geoana are friends. He added that a few years ago he had several meetings with Basescu too to discuss support for him. When asked what the support consisted of, Vantu said he would explain everything in a public statement on December 7. On Monday however, he said he would wait a bit longer until giving the promised explanations. In a similar fashion, Patriciu refused to make any “political comments,” either on the Liberal Party’s alliance options for the creation of a new government or on election fraud allegations.

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