In National Executive Committee meeting, PSD debated on the political context / party’s political strategy and an opinion poll measuring confidence rates in major political leaders and the impact of the austerity measures announced by Traian Basescu, ‘Jurnalul National’ daily reports. Eighty-one per cent of the polled subjects have a bad and very bad opinion on the wage and pension cuts included in the draft stand-by agreement with the IMF and 70 per cent would opt for differential taxation. In the context, confidence in Traian Basescu has ‘dropped dramatically’ (from 45 per cent in February to 31 per cent on May 10), being considerably smaller than PSD leader Victor Ponta’s rating (up from 35 per cent to 46 per cent) and PNL leader Crin Antonescu’s (constant in the 37 per cent – 38 per cent range). Yesterday, while PSD continued voicing its opposition to President Basescu announced measures, Deputy Iulian Iancu said, during talks with PSD leadership, IMF officials had affirmed their distrust in the current government. ‘They said they did not trust the government to implement the announced measures before the end of the year. (…) the IMF suggested to the government to choose measures that could be enforced immediately, before June 30. Faced with the evidence expressly showing much higher tax evasion rates than those reported, the IMF expressed its reservations about the measures the government had announced and warned about extremely serious social and economic risks they posed,’ Iancu told a press conference. PSD Senator Olguta Vasilescu at the same press conference said the IMF had proposed a total of 22 measures to the government that did not include public pay and pension cuts.
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