Udrea goes back on statement over pension bill vote

Elena Udrea’s statement over the vote on the pension bill in Parliament, according to which, if ruling power MPs are in the hall and opposition is absent, the quorum still holds, sparked negative reactions not just from the opposition but also among fellow party members. Democrat-Liberal Senator Radu F. Alexandru, a guest on Realitatea TV Tuesday evening, declared himself “wronged” by Elena Udrea’s statements. “Mrs. Udrea’s viewpoint surprises me, as she could not pride herself in having a long practice or presence in Romania’s Parliament,” was the senator’s reaction. A short while afterwards though, the Democrat-Liberal changed his opinion, on grounds he had been misled by a title displayed on Realitatea TV, and enlightened by a SMS from Elena Udrea herself during the commercial break. “I can show you the messages, which state clearly – I did NOT pronounce the word ‘fraud’. It is Mrs. Udrea who sent me this message. (…) I saw a statement I took seriously,” this is how the senator justified his previous statement. Actually, Mrs. Udrea herself made the following point: “I haven’t used the word ‘fraud’, and you misled your guests and your viewers,” Udrea told Realitatea TV.

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