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October 22, 2021

Heated election campaign in Bucharest constituency

The ruling Democrat-Liberal Party (PDL) claims that a group of unidentified individuals vandalised the election campaign office of Teodora Trandafir, the party’s candidate for College 19, on Tuesday night going into Wednesday. PDL campaign staff accuses Teo’s opposing candidate, the Conservative Liliana Minca, of involvement in this action. According to a release signed by Cristian Preda, Trandafir’s spokesperson, “the office front was vandalised using bottles of paint”. PDL claims that the act is one in a “long line of foul campaign actions initiated by Liliana Minca ten days ago.”

For the time being, police are targeting two suspects, relying on eye-witness accounts. According to a Bucharest Police spokesman, Christian Ciocan, after throwing the paint, the perpetrators ran away, but police officers interviewed people who got to see the suspects and now have their descriptions.

Yesterday, the two candidates granted interviews to Agerpres news agency. Trandafir said it was too early to take a position in PDL and that “she wouldn’t go bustling about the party for nothing.” She added she would have wished a “campaign as befits two ladies”. In the opposite camp, Minca considers, in this competition, she has the advantage of knowing how politics works, while Teo is barely beginning to learn. Minca accused PDL of using “manipulation and diversion in this campaign,” rejecting the Democrat-Liberals’ accusations of having vandalised their banners or of avoiding a television debate. Minca added she had nothing to do with the vandalising of the PDL office and urged police to do their job.

Green Party head asks candidates to temporarily withdraw from race

Green Party leader Remus Cernea yesterday made an appeal to candidates in the College 19 elections, Iuliana Minca and Teo Trandafir, to temporarily withdraw from the race, to respect the Constitutional Court ruling on the participation of independent candidates and to allow the Electoral Bureau to set a new calendar. Cernea tried to run in College 19 and in previous partial elections this year as an independent but the Constitutional Court did not allow him to. However, the court reconsidered its initial decision on Tuesday.

Cernea claimed that, by temporarily withdrawing from the race, Minca and Trandafir would prove they entered the political sphere to respect constitutional rights, that they respect the Constitution and Constitutional Court rulings and that they do not want power at all costs.

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