PDL wants to found People’s Movement by end of the year

Some Democrat-Liberals are keen to see project take off, others remain wary.

The Democrat-Liberal Party (PDL) intends to found the People’s Movement as soon as possible, so that it can be fully operational by late October, sources within the party stated yesterday, quoted by Mediafax.

Thus, Democrat-Liberal leaders decided yesterday that a meeting with county organization leaders should be called this weekend to address this matter.

Democrat-Liberal Valeriu Stoica stated yesterday that talks within PDL concerning the founding of the People’s Movement were “merely in the exploration stage”, arguing that a decision on this needed to be validated by the party’s National Coordination Council (CNC). “It is only natural that the possibility of finding a device to mobilize all the centre-right voters should be analyzed. Whether this device will be called the People’s Movement remains as yet hypothetical. The same goes for proposals concerning the make-up of such a People’s Movement,” Stoica stated.

In turn, the Democrat-Liberal deputy Razvan Mustea confirmed a debate was in progress within PDL’s National Standing Bureau concerning the founding of the People’s Movement, but argued no calendar had been set up for this project.

The PDL senior deputy president Sorin Frunzaverde stated before the National Standing Bureau (BPN) meeting that he would call for a decision to be made concerning the initiation of the People’s Movement. “I will request that we address the People’s Movement within BPN, that we decide once and for all to initiate this political project and finalize it by early December,” Frunzaverde argued. He added that PDL would be the initiator of this endeavour and would help to forge this movement, arguing that what is meant by it is a well-structured political force, which will be, in practical terms, an electoral alliance. According to Frunzaverde, the People’s Movement should include political parties, representatives of the civil society, NGOs, trade unions, if they wish it, as well as individuals. Frunzaverde stated the subject was being debated within the party and argued this project would be more clearly defined from now on. Another of the PDL senior deputy presidents, Teodor Baconschi, said to be the midwife of the future movement, alongside Sebastian Lazaroiu, voiced, in turn, yesterday, his interest in the list of possible allies of PDL in the People’s Movement. “A comprehensive analysis should be carried out, of the civil forces in particular, as much more openness is needed. PDL is communicating a lot better after the May congress, when the board recruited a host of new figures, but it shouldn’t be a monologue, we should have a dialogue with the academic and corporate environment, with the churches, with civil society at large,” Baconschi argued. In turn, when asked how far-off the founding of the People’s Movement was, the deputy president of PDL, Traian Igas (the Interior Minister) replied: “It’s not far at all”.

However, not all Democrat-Liberals are optimistic about the founding of such a movement. After Toader Paleologu voiced doubts over this project, deputy president Elena Udrea argued, in turn, the movement would be viable as long as it could bring together all those who want to join in the modernization of the state, but less so if it remained merely an electoral project.

It was rumoured that the movement may include the parties headed by the likes of Gigi Becali or Dan Diaconescu. The Social-Democrat Party (PSD) leader Victor Ponta ironically applauded yesterday such a make-up. “I applaud and encourage the formal consecration of the alliance between the parties led by Mr. Boc, Mr. Oprea, Mr. Dan Diaconescu and Mr. Gigi Becali. I think these four parties have an awful lot in common, it’s no accident they collaborate so effectively within the Bucharest General Council,” Ponta argued, adding that the Romanian people should see the four aforementioned leaders coming “truly” together.

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