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April 23, 2021

Senate Speaker Geoana says won’t leave PSD

Senate Speaker and former Social-Democrat leader Mircea Geoana reiterated on Friday his determination not to leave the party, amid increasing criticism inside the organisation for controversial statements he made recently. Geoana underlined that he has no plans to leave PSD, either to join the Conservatives or another construction made of Conser­vatives and Liberals, as speculated recently.
“I will not leave the party I have led for five years and for which I brought 5.2 million votes last year. As president of PSD, I ran six election campaigns. How can anybody in their right mind think I could leave the party?” Geoana wrote on his blog.

His comments came as PSD leaders are expected to convene today to discuss possible sanctions against the Senate speaker after he accused current party leader Victor Ponta of having advised him to lie about his visit to businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu ahead of last year’s presidential runoff final debate. Geoana’s comments drew the ire of several PSD leaders, who accused him of lying and of following the orders of Democrat Liberals and President Traian Basescu in trying to destroy the Social-Democrats. Geoana denied the allegations and reiterated that all he said about Ponta was the truth.

Commenting on the matter on Friday, Ponta said that if he weren’t head of PSD, he would say things “as they were” about Geoana’s visit to Vintu. Insisting that he never advised Geoana to lie about his visit, he said it would be “a big mistake” to contradict Geoana or his wife or the other people who back the Senate speaker’s story. “After I learnt about his visit to Vintu, I never spoke to Mircea Geoana again,” he added.
PSD Honorary President Ion Iliescu also discussed the case and said Geoana should receive a warning over his statements, declaring himself against “more radical sanctions.” Party spokesperson Emil Radu Moldovan also voiced hope that Geoana will “calm down” and underlined that he would not like to see the Senate speaker leaving the party.

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