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September 19, 2021
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Opposition parties feel the heat

PSD must deal with a long string of resignations, as former Labour Minister Marian Sarbu left the party on Friday, followed by Deputy Viorel Balcan on Sunday. The Conservative Party elected Daniel Constantin as new head, voted for a new statute, but political future is still uncertain.

Ludovic Orban will run against Crin Antonescu for PNL presidency. The Liberals seem open to ‘friendship’ with PC, but consider that PSD might get back to power in a coalition with the Democrat-Liberals.

Ex Labour Minister Marian Sarbu on Friday became the fifth lawmaker who quit the Social Democrat Party in the wake of the opposition party’s congress in which Victor Ponta was elected new president of the organization. On Friday morning Sarbu had a meeting with Ponta, after which he told a press conference that he “needed” to leave the party.

Sarbu said that he would probably join the group of independent lawmakers in Parliament and the future party they want to set up. Sarbu also denied speculation that he had negotiations with the Democrat Liberals to obtain the Labour portfolio, but he did not rule out, during a TV talk-show, the possibility to take the office one again.

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).

PNL first vice president Ludovic Orban announced yesterday, in a press conference, that he would run for the presidency of the Liberal organization.

PNL president Crin Antonescu said in Iasi on Saturday that PSD is the stable opponent of the Liberals, while PDL is the immediate enemy.


The group of independent lawmakers in Parliament will soon register as a new political party, which will be subordinated to President Traian Basescu, a leading PSD Senator said on Saturday.

PM Emil Boc yesterday dismissed speculation that Diaconescu and Sarbu might be offered government positions. He underlined that the executive will maintain its current structure and that he is not considering any reshuffling for the time being.

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