Social-Democrats squabble with national minority leaders

Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader Victor Ponta yesterday criticised the Boc Government for giving perks and positions to leaders of the 18 national minorities represented in Romania’s Parliament in exchange for their supporting various bills of law. “As it also does civil society wise, this government operates along the notion of giving perks and positions to some leaders, while the communities they represent suffer quite badly,” Ponta said after yesterday’s National Permanent Bureau meeting.

“The symbiosis between leaders of the 18 minorities and the ruling power is confined to ‘You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ notion, while deputies of national minorities behave very much like those with the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), where ‘interest rules’,” reads a document drafted by Social-Democrat Deputy Madalin Voicu and discussed at the meeting. “The power taking hold of communities and its leaders is confined to negotiating perks, funds and positions and shows the link between representatives of national minorities and government as pragmatic and not emotional or in accordance with the policy of the Boc Government,” the document titled ‘Analysis – Report – Interethnic-relations and national minorities’ shows.

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