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Iliescu: PSD and PNL could never become one

Former head of state Ion Iliescu says the two opposition parties can never merge to create one single party. “Opposition is basically coagulated. Everyone wants to have these two parties, PSD and PNL unite into one single party, but this is simply not possible. The Liberals have their own philosophy and view on society,” Iliescu told a symposium on Thursday. However, the honorary PSD president says “what is mostly needed now is a united opposition, which should more efficiently fight this discretionary power.” ‘’Unfor­tunately, the president and this patched-up coalition have betrayed citizens’ trust and are currently following interests that are foreign to the country’s own interests,” he said. Iliescu also commented on the conflict within the Social-Democrats between leader Victor Ponta and Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana. Asked about the party’s decision to suspend Geoana over statements regarding his involvement with businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu, Iliescu said “it is not so dramatic a decision, such things happen and they need to be overcome with wisdom.” The former president qualified party leader Victor Ponta’s reactions as “impulsive, coming from his youth” but qualified Geoana’s acts as “embarrassing.” “Geoana made a lot of mistake towards the end of last year’s campaign, losing elections is mainly his fault,” Iliescu concluded.

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