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Ponta wants to be prime-minister

The Democrat Liberals however tell him he can forget about it until 2014.

‘The PSD president wants to be a candidate for prime-minister even in 2012. The decision will have to be approved by the party’s leadership’, reads the report Victor Ponta published Wednesday night, after a year of leading the party, under the heading ‘Current objectives’. According to the document posted on the victorponta.ro website, of the 22 objectives assumed by the PSD leader under the ‘FAIR Romania’ programme, seven have been fulfilled, ten have been commenced, two are in progress and three are still not accomplished.


The ‘fulfilled objective’ chapter referring to the party’s policy of alliance notes that the decisions on the alliances are made in a transparent way, by the statutory organisations and the PSD congress last year decided that it would not cooperate with PDL but get closer to PNL. ‘PSD has decided not to accept to be in the government unless it has its own PM! Following the decision, the dialogue with the opposition began and USL was set up’, reads Ponta’s report. The document also presents opinions on who the future PM should be. The question ‘Who should be the common candidate of the Social-Liberal Union for the office of PM?’ has the following possible answers in the report: Victor Ponta – 76 per cent Crin Antonescu – 23 per cent, Daniel Constantin – 1 per cent.


‘Strengthening departments and the leaders becoming more committed to policy-making’ is ‘an objective that has commenced’, the report recording the fact that ‘the future programme of USL will be built around the offer presented at the PSD congress’. Another objective that has begun is ‘the support for the establishment of left-wing media organisations’, the report also noting the fact that the Press Office will soon launch an online portal with news on the activity of all PSD’s organisations and that cooperation with the existing mass-media structures will be stepped up towards ‘a stronger visibility’ of PSD’s messages.


In what regards the assumption of the past and attraction of new electorate, checked as ‘fulfilled objective’, the report notes that 2010 was the year when ‘the voices of historic leaders – Ion Iliescu and Adrian Nastase – became important in PSD again.’ ‘Valuable people such as Alexandru Athanasiu, were brought back next to the party’, the document further reads.


One of the unachieved objectives is ‘the condition of successfully participating in an election in order to be able to run in PSD’. ‘This objective is important in the determination of the leadership team, because it assures the presence at the top of people who have been confirmed in elections. We will try to fulfil this objective in 2011’, says the document.


PNL Vice-President Mihai Voicu yesterday said that the fact that Victor Ponta intends to be the prime-minister as of 2012, presented in the work report as ‘an objective in progress’ does not contradict the USL protocol in any way. ‘It is absolutely normal that each party sets objectives, in the framework of the USL protocol’, Voicu said, according to Mediafax.


On the other side, however, MEP Cristian Preda (PDL) tells Ponta that he can forget about being prime-minister until 2014. ‘Until 2014, his (Ponta’s – our note) nomination will not depend on Adrian Nastase, it will depend on Traian Basescu, who has already announced he would not appoint to the Victoria Palace someone who puts political pressure on the judiciary’, Preda writes on his blog. At the same time, the PDL MEP also speaks of the ‘deep connection’ between Ponta and Nastase. ‘It is confirmed by the head of PSD himself, who, in his work report after a year at the helm of PSD, checks as a the re-inventing of Adrian Nastase. Coined by the former prime-minister, as soon as he had become the boss, Victor Ponta brought back to the fore of public life the most notorious nephew of the distinguished aunt Tamara’, Cristian Preda states.


HALF OF PSD MEMBERS HAVE MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION


Almost half of the PSD members have secondary education and 23 per cent are older than 60, according to data presented yesterday by PSD Secretary General Liviu Dragnea, after the opening of the digital recording system of the party members. According to Dragnea, the data processed so far indicates that 59 per cent of the PSD members are men, 53 per cent are older than 60 years, 43 per cent have completed middle school, 11 per cent have only completed education up to the 8th class and 14 per cent have vocational training. The file of a PSD member contains detailed information on professional activity, political activity, payment of membership fees, hobbies, awards and education. Each member will also receive a bar-coded card that can also be used for shopping with selected stores. The first three PSD member’s cards have been issued to Ponta, Dragnea and Nastase. Asked at which stores PSD card holders would benefit from discounted prices, Nastase ironically answered the journalists: ‘the sex shops’.

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