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December 1, 2022

Antonescu: Competition to appoint presidential candidate – open

The National Liberal Party (PNL) Crin Antonescu stated yesterday that he insisted on the Social-Liberal Union (USL)’s proposed prime-minister being named loud and clear, as parliamentary elections are scheduled for next year, adding he had no objections to holding an open contest to appoint USL’s presidential candidate. “I have no objection to Mr. Geoana’s statement that the competition to appoint a candidate is open and that anyone can join the race,” Antonescu stated, in response to the possibility of a shift between USL candidates for president and prime-minister, hinted at by Adrian Nastase.

The Social-Democratic Party (PSD) secretary-general Liviu Dragnea rejected, however, the possibility that PSD and PNL should exchange the positions they now claim, namely, the PM office for the Social-Democrats and the presidency for the Liberals, a scenario Adrian Nastase had alluded to last week.

The Speaker of the Senate Mircea Geoana stated in a talk-show, replying to a question, that he did not preclude his running, once again, for president. In response, the PSD secretary-general advised Mircea Geoana yesterday that, under the USL agreement, the Union’s candidate for presidency would come from PNL and that, if he wished to run once again for the Cotroceni office, he would have to switch allegiance to the Liberals. In turn, the PSD president Victor Ponta commented ironically, yesterday, on the ex-party president’s intention to join the 2014 presidential race. When asked to evaluate Geoana’s chances to win the race, the PSD leader replied, ironically: “Staggering!” PSD invited Geoana for a discussion after several top party leaders slammed his statement regarding a new possible presidential bid.

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