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May 20, 2022

Disquietude in parliamentary parties

PNL to call extraordinary congress on March 5-7. PSD leaders accused by DNA and ANI. PDL talks about reform but makes no clear decision.

The weekend was quite hot to the main three parties in Parliament, either in power – PDL – and in the opposition – PSD and PNL.

All internal unrest seems to be the direct consequence of the presidential elections results at the end of last year.

Meeting at Poiana Brasov over the weekend, PNL decided to call an extraordinary congress on March 5-7, to elect its president. The decision was made with 83 votes in favour, 24 votes against and 26 abstentions. The only definitely known candidate is incumbent leader Crin Antonescu, who has also announced the setting up of a statute commission to discuss and analyse proposals still to be made in the meantime. Ex-party president and prime-minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has voiced his opposition to such an early congress and said he was unhappy about the frequent changes of the PNL statutes.

Mircea Geoana is accused by the National Integrity Agency (ANI) of submitting an incorrect financial disclosure where he allegedly did not declare a plot of land worth over EUR 700,000. Geoana denies the allegation explaining it is all political vendetta. As a result of that, ANI head Catalin Macovei says he’s looking at his options of taking legal action against the PSD president.

On the other hand, DNA has distrained upon the house of the President of the PSD National Council, Adrian Nastase, at the address in Zambaccian Street. It is, in fact, the third distrained laid upon the same property in the ‘Zambaccian 1’ case where the former PM is accused of bribery, illegal gratuities and blackmail.

PDL leaders have also met in Brasov. Cristian Preda, Monica Macovei and Sever Voinescu were critical of the way in which decisions are made and people are promoted in their party. Senior leaders (Blaga, Berceanu and Videanu) on the other hand say the possibility of reform has been discussed for quite some time in the party and that some people simply like to re-invent the wheel.

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