PDL ‘to support’ Bucharest referendum despite Basescu opposition

The ruling Democrat Liberal Party (PDL) is determined to support a referendum over the new Bucharest administrative law, to be held on June 26, according to the capital city’s Deputy Mayor Mircea Raicu, quoted by Mediafax. He said the PDL also agreed that the referendum will consist of two questions that will be similar to the ones suggested by the opposition Social Liberal Union.

The city’s General Council also confirmed after its yesterday session that the referendum would be held on June 26 and said RON 10 M will be spent for it. According to the Council, citizens will be asked to answer two questions: “Do you want a capital with seven administrations controlled by 217 councillors elected on lists by the party?” and “Do you want general councillors to be elected individually, just like district mayors?”

The referendum was called and supported first of all by the opposition in an attempt to block an administrative project developed by the PDL, which USL says would eliminate district mayors and would concentrate the entire power and financial resources in the hands of the General Council. Raicu’s an­noun­cement comes after several leading Democrat Liberals over the weekend said the referendum was not necessary, echoing statements made by President Traian Basescu last week.

Meanwhile, a PDL analysis shows that Bucharest General Mayor Sorin Oprescu is trying to gain electoral capital from PDL’s apparent anti-referendum stance. Political sources quoted by Mediafax said Oprescu is against PDL in this manner and is trying to benefit from it, based on the idea that the ruling party is trying to get the referendum cancelled or postponed and blame the opposition for it.

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