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December 2, 2021

New Republic ‘to become political party’ next spring

The initiator of the recently created New Republic movement, Mihail Neamtu, said in an interview to central daily ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ that the structure will become a political party next spring, in order to run in legislative elections. “New Republic aims to have is own list of candidates in various constituencies in large cities. Our target is to recover those voters who were deeply disappointed with how the former members of the Justice and Truth Alliance turned their back to the reformist agenda,” Neamtu said. He added that the movement hopes to win ten per cent of votes or even more. Neamtu explained that the main target group of the movement consists of people between 25 and 45, who live in large cities. “There are people in liberal arts and jobs, people who can do their work at home and on the internet, doctors, teachers, IT specialists (…) and many financial experts,” he said.

As for the main political objectives of the New Republic, these include the creation of a state under citizen control, strong at the centre but with limited functions elsewhere, the enforcement of legislation that makes magistrates responsible for their actions and a drastic reduction of bureaucracy.

Neamtu also criticised both the ruling Democrat Liberal Party and the opposition for not being committed to reforms enough and still having communist nostalgias. He also underlined that Romania needs a real right-wing party which PDL was not able to offer.

The New Republic leader also said that if it enters Parliament, the structure will not collaborate with the Social Liberal Union in any way, because they “destroyed the economy in 2008” and “made a mockery of authentic Social Democracy.”

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