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May 19, 2022

Parties and analysts: A predictable re-election

While PSD and UDMR congratulated the winner, PDL said co-operation with Liberals under Atonescu’s leadership unlikely.

The fiercest critics of PNL and of Crin Antonescu’s re-election were the Democrat Liberals. PDL FIRST VICE PRESIDENT THEODOR STOLOJAN (former Liberal president) said, quoted by Mediafax, that leading a party requires several things which, in his opinion, Antonescu doesn’t have. He said that a PDL-PNL rapprochement is not possible under the current Liberal leadership. PDL MEP CRISTIAN PREDA believes that as long as PDL and PNL don’t collaborate, the winner will be PSD, and the great winner of the congress is Victor Ponta, while DEPUTY SEVER VOINESCU estimates that PNL is the very picture of authoritarianism.

PSD LEADER VICTOR PONTA congratulated both the re-elected PNL president, Antonescu, and his counter-candidate Ludovic Orban, mentioning that, although through the list voting system, Liberals have a deficit of internal democracy, he hopes that this will be recouped and the party will become increasingly powerful in the right-wing area of politics.

UDMR PRESIDENT MARKO BELA also said that he highly appreciates Antonescu as politician, and “he is and will be a remarkable politician,” stating that he will be further capable of strengthening PNL as a genuine Liberal party.

POLITICAL ANALYST BOGDAN TEODORESCU told Agerpres that the result was expected, and Antonescu is the first Liberal leader who can play the role of locomotive for his party.

POLITICAL ANALYST CRISTIAN PARVULESCU also believes that Antonescu’s reelection was predictable, and, unlike the situation of ex PSD leader Mircea Geoana, it also represents a successful attempt to stabilize the Liberal Party in front of an attack from the current majority and especially from the PDL.

JOURNALIST CRISTIAN TUDOR POPESCU said that Antonescu is currently the best positioned politician for future electoral confrontations. In the journalist’s opinion, Antonescu “cannot rush now against PSD from anti-communist positions,” but he will attack PDL and Traian Basescu “with his talents of wild Bichon.”

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