Senator Ion Vasile, head of the Social-Democrat Party’s (PSD) Buzau county organisation, announced yesterday, on leaving the PSD office, that he would resign from the party, whose member he has been since its founding. He said he would remain an independent MP, but would not join the National Union for Romanian Progress (UNPR), claiming that he had been removed from the helm of PSD Buzau “in a Stalinist manner”. According to Mediafax, Vasile was removed from office, following yesterday’s resolution of the National Permanent Bureau (BPN), and vice-president Valeriu Zgonea is to act as interim president, until the county assembly is summoned. PSD president Victor Ponta said yesterday, referring to Vasile’s charges, that he shared BPN’s viewpoint and that only Prime Minister Emil Boc could believe he was a Communist and Stalinist prosecutor. Moreover, Deputy Carmen Moldovan announced she would return to PSD, following BNP’s decision to remove Vasile from the helm of PSD’s Buzau county organisation. She resigned from PSD in mid-March, joining the independent group led by Gabriel Oprea. She subsequently explained that she had decided to leave PSD precisely on account of Senator Vasile, whom she called “a prehistoric character, who is turning the party into his own backyard”.