Social-Democrat Party (PSD) deputy Eugen Bajinariu is the central board’s favourite in the race for the party’s Bucharest organisation presidency, and elections will be held this autumn, most likely in September, sources from the party’s higher echelons claim, quoted by Mediafax. According to the sources, the former secretary general of the PSD Cabinet is backed by Victor Ponta and Adrian Nastase in filing his candidacy to the PSD Bucharest president office. The PSD leaders’ first option was the senator Dan Sova, discarded after the National Tax Administration Agency (ANAF) called him to task for irregularities in the running of legal consultancy contracts at the Rovinari and Turceni energy complexes.
On the other hand, Marian Vanghelie denied information recently disseminated by the central press which claimed he intended to leave PSD and join the National Initiative Party (PIN), after being “shelved”. He also denied any intention to run as an independent candidate for Bucharest Mayor’s Office. “I won’t leave PSD even if they kick me out, I will never leave the party,” the PSD deputy president argued, quoted by ziare.com. He attributed recent rumours to those who wish to “destabilise PSD Bucharest, because it’s the strongest organization in the country”.
“They (e.n. those who wish to destabilise the organisation) imagine they manage to make things difficult for me,” Vanghelie added. At present, PSD Bucharest is coordinated by an interim Bureau, led by Victor Ponta, Adrian Nastase and Ion Iliescu, after the structure having Marian Vanghelie at its helm was dissolved by the party’s Executive Board in late June.