Ex FM Diaconescu likely to run for president

The leaders of the National Union for Romanian Progress (UNPR) nominated, as their candidate in the 2014 presidential race, Cristian Diaconescu, the party’s honorary president, the acting leader Gabriel Oprea announced, on Wednesday, in Neptun.

“We will convene, at the beginning of November, at the Palace of Parliament, and vote on this nomination. (…) We believe that the president Diaconescu has the professional expertise and the moral stature which entitle him to run for such an office and win,” Oprea stated, in a press conference, at the end of UNPR Constanta’s county conference, Agerpres reports.

Diaconescu, a former leading member of the Social Democrat Party, served as foreign affairs minister in the Social Democrat-Democrat Liberal government that took over at the end of 2008. He planned to run for PSD leader but withdrew from the race and shortly afterwards, he left the party and joined a group of independent MPs in Parliament, which then set up the UNPR.

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