Ponta: “We would steal less if we were in power”

PSD President Victor Ponta expressed his hope, on Friday, that Social-Democrats would steal less, if they were in ministers Boc, Berceanu and Videanu’s positions, Mediafax reports. Ponta reportedly said this in a speech on Friday addressing a young Social-Democrats convention. The joke comes after a similar statement he made in December 2009, when it had become clear that Geoana lost presidential elections. At that moment, Ponta declared that Traian Basescu won because the fraud system of PDL worked better than PSD’s.

“Try to imagine, for a second, that tomorrow we’ll replace Boc, Berceanu, Videanu. What would we do? Well, I hope we would steal less. This comes first, but it is not enough. Anyway, the system works very badly and is going down. It goes down faster if you are incompetent, slower if you’re somehow more competent and more honest,” Ponta said during a debate staged by the Social-Democratic Youth (TSD) on the occasion of “The day of open gates” event.

He asked the young members of PSD whether they will have the strength not to demand replacing the PDL members in local administration with those of PSD, if the party wins the elections.

“In 2012 or 2013, will you find the strength not to come and say: let’s replace all the people of PDL with our people? Will you have this strength? I saw how things went: until the Congress, everybody wished to support me, so that things get different from what they were in the past. Since then, everybody comes to see me and tells me to do things the way we did before, so that I support X against Y, from the center. My decision now is to act differently,” Ponta concluded.

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