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November 21, 2019
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UNPR inches closer to setting up ‘Social Progressive Union’

The National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR), a ruling coalition centre-left party made mostly of defectors from the ranks of the opposition, is planning to set up a civic platform called the Social Progressive Union. UNPR executive leader Gabriel Oprea said on Friday that the Union will be created by the end of December and that it will back the party in next year’s elections, according to Mediafax.

“This will be a civic movement in which pensioners’ associations, employers, unions, Romania’s great values will be represented by us both in the government and in Parliament. (…) We are already signing protocols” for the creation of this platform, Oprea said.

A first step in this direction could be the Left-wing Platform that UNPR honorary president Cristian Diaconescu plans to launch on November 10. In a blog post over the weekend, Diaconescu wrote that this platform will be “neither a party nor a comic book character.”

“A lot of speculation was made on this ‘platform,’ but to my great satisfaction, nobody has managed to identify its shape or purpose,” Diaconescu said. He explained that the Left-wing Platform will “irreversibly separate modern and progressive European left from communist or neo-communist left.

On Saturday in Timisoara, Oprea again talked about next year’s legislative elections, in which UNPR plans to win at least ten per cent of the votes. He said that UNPR and the ruling Democrat Liberal Party (PDL) will support each other in the election, in order not to “dilute” votes.

“Means of cooperation will be found in order not to dilute the votes. For instance, a candidate of one of the two parties can be supported by both parties, in order to win mayor offices. We will support each other nationally and on county level,” Oprea explained. He said that several surveys will be conducted the following months, in order to determine the chances that party candidates will have in local and legislative elections.

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