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May 16, 2021

Antonescu denies intention to oust Chiliman as Bucharest liberal leader

The National Liberal Party (PNL) leader Crin Antonescu denied, yesterday, reports in the media concerning a breach between him and the president of PNL Bucharest Andrei Chiliman, adding in this context he had no intention of replacing the latter at the helm of the Bucharest organization. “I saw reports in the press (…) arguing I was about to behead Chiliman and Patriciu at the same time. These topics, these killings are not on the agenda (e.n. of the Standing Delegation and National Executive Council to convene this weekend),” Antonescu stated, quoted by Mediafax. He reiterated that Chiliman’s blank vote in the PNL vote on the formation of the Social Liberal Union (USL), alongside the Social-Democrat Party (PSD), has not led to a breach.  “Evenimentul Zilei” (EVZ) reported in its yesterday edition that the PNL leader was settling his scores with the Liberal old guard and preparing a political “velvet” revolution. The target, according to EVZ, was going to be Andrei Chiliman, the PNL Bucharest “baron”, one of his former supporters, as Antonescu was rumoured to copy the “strategy” by which the PSD leader Victor Ponta tried to reduce Marian Vanghelie’s power within PSD Bucharest. According to the same source, Antonescu was to take over as the official leader of the PNL Bucharest organization.

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