Conservatives appoint new leader Daniel Constantin

The Conservative Party (PC) yesterday elected Daniel Constantin as the new leader replacing resigning President Daniela Popa who quit the job while choosing to be a member of the Insurance Overseeing Board. Constantin was voted with 975 nods, defeating counter candidate Petru Margineanu (398 votes). The event did not offer many surprises, ex-chief of the Agency for Payments and Intervention in Agriculture, Daniel Constantin being a clear favorite, also known to be in the entourage of founding President Dan Voiculescu. Constantin only ran against Petru Margineanu, leader of the Hunedoara Organisation. Margineanu is to be party Vice-president. The Congress changed the Statutes of the party creating a first vice-president position for District 4 Mayor Cristian Popescu Piedone as a reward for his performance in the parliamentary election. Current PC Secretary General Codrut Seres also applied for a new term.

While Daniel Constantin said that, although the party had its own journey to make in Romanian politics, he wanted it to be open for co-operation with all parties in the Opposition, his opponent, Petru Margineanu, said PC needed a new beginning, had to lay the foundations of a tough opposition and messages should be clear and consistent. Piedone, in turn, stated PC must not miss that ‘last train’ of change and had to try not to be ‘any party’s trailer’ in the local and general elections.

PSD invites PC and PNL ‘into united opposition bloc’

Despite recent assertions by Social-Democratic President Victor Ponta, suggesting the two parties may go their separate ways, as well as certain ‘pressures’ being put by the PC county organsiations, PSD Secretary General Liviu Dragnea, attending the PC Congress meeting, pointed out that the Social-Democrats wanted a co-operation with PC in the future and invited the Conservatives to join PSD and PNL into a united Opposition bloc: ‘(…) If you decide to stay in the alliance with PSD, we can assure you of our loyalty, if you decide to take a separate way, we can assure you we will treat you with the same friendship. (…) We expect you to join us and PNL into a united bloc of the Opposition to salvage democracy.’

PNL’s reprehensive to Conservatives’ Congress, MEP Norica Nicolai, also said Romania needs conservative values, showing that, alongside PNL and PSD, the Conservative Party was ‘among the first three parties of the public and political spectrum capable of re-inventing Romania and giving it the chance of a new beginning.’

Other guests to the PC Congress were the Secretary General and the President of the political group of the European Conservatives and Reformists who are interested in a future co-operation withy PC.

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