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October 20, 2021

PDL MEP lashes out at Boc, says he ‘works for PSD’

Ruling Democrat Liberal Party MEP Cristian Preda launched a new attack on party leader and PM Emil Boc yesterday, saying that “he works for [opposition] Social Democrat Party” and “gives the impression that he wants to take us to the Moon on a bike.”

“But we have to tell him that another vehicle is needed. The prime minister is arrogant and the opposition is irresponsible,” Preda said in comments to RFI, quoted by Agerpres.

In his opinion, it’s a serious thing that Boc works in PSD’s favour, since his government’s effect is boosting the opposition left-wing party in the polls. “The effects of the Boc governing are resuming a certain tendency that we had in the early 2000s, that is, making PSD a dominant party. (…) So instead of achieving economic growth and not having a PSD that would return us to the 2000-2004 period, we have economic recession and a boost for PSD,” Preda said, calling on Boc to resort to other means to get Romanian out of the economic crisis.

His comments came as several recent opinion polls showed PSD gaining significant ground against other parties and the ruling PDL having taken a steep plunge in people’s confidence, now ranking third, behind opposition Social Democrats and Liberals. Preda also slammed the opposition, which “instead of demanding negotiations and finding solutions based on broad consensus, (…) that would be supported by the pulic, asks for early elections.” The MEP insisted that all political forces, from the ruling coalition to the opposition, must show responsibility and work for the common goal of fighting the economic crisis. Preda has been very critical of the government and PDL leaders in the last few weeks. Over the weekend, both he and another leading party member who has not been shy in overtly criticising the current rule, Sever Voinescu, declared themselves in favour of holding primary elections inside PDL, as an internal competition to establish candidates for all types of elections. PDL’s central leadership was set to interview Preda about these comments in its weekly session yesterday.

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