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Runners’ list for party president still incomplete

The CNC also voted to set the party’s National Convention, which will elect the new leadership of the organisation, on May 14, and accepted a Leading College recommendation to allow seniority derogations for younger members interested in running for PDL leader. The derogation was demanded by the reformist wing, with Preda and Voinescu so far signalling that they would be interested in running for the leadership of the party. The move followed increased criticism of Boc’s performance and rumours that he was to be dismissed as PM as his party no longer supported him.


Although he was widely expected to make it clear at the CNC whether he will run for a second term as PDL leader, Boc avoided addressing the matter in his speech. He spoke in favour of the derogation for younger members, underlining that he is a supporter of balance at the party’s leadership between the experience of maturity and young people’s dynamism.


In the discourse, Boc also spoke about the country’s economic situation, again praising PDL and government actions to take the country out of recession. He underlined that due to the unpopular measures taken, the country will have economic growth and PDL will be able to “reap the fruit” of government’s tough, but successful policies. Boc also called on all members of the National Liberal Party unhappy with their association with the Social Democrats to come join the PDL. He added that he is a preparing a draft law meant to thoroughly depoliticise public office in the entire administration.
Another matter that was left unaddressed by both the Leading College and the CNC was the proposal that the position of party leader be separated from the PM seat. Several party voices declared their support for this idea, which would practically force Boc to choose between the PDL president and the prime minister job. The issue was not brought up during the party’s meetings this weekend, but First Vice President Theodor Stolojan said ahead of the CNC that the two positions should be held by the same person, given the frail balance of forces in Parliament. In the context, he reiterated his support for Boc to continue on both posts.


If Boc decides to run for a second term as party leader, he is likely to face tough competition from Blaga, according to various recent press reports. In fact, Blaga was also indicated as best possible party leader by VP Boureanu. In an interview to daily ‘Adevarul’ on Friday, Boureanu underlined that in his opinion, Boc should stay PM and Blaga should take on the party’s presidency.


In comments to daily ‘Gandul’ on Saturday, President Traian Basescu’s daughter Elena Basescu, who is a Democrat Liberal MEP, voiced the opinion that several of the party’s older members, such as Boc, Blaga, Videanu, would be right for the PDL leader job. She said she did not agree to the seniority derogation for younger members, because a party leader must have experience in the organisation and be familiar with its characteristics.

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