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December 6, 2021

Political moves met with skepticism by analysts

Basescu and the PDL won’t recoup the percentage points lost. Ungureanu lacks the “moral quality” to hold the position for which he has been proposed – these are but a few of the opinions.

By    Daniela Baragan

Echoes are still resonating of the political moves over the past two days, namely Emil Boc’s resignation, Mihai Razvan Ungureanu being appointed premier-designate and the Democrat-Liberal ministers being replaced by figures from lower party echelons. The civil society regards with caution both Boc’s replacement by Ungureanu and the team the PM-designate put to Parliament today, in order to get the vote of investiture. IMAS pollster director and sociologist Alin Teodorescu holds that Democrat-Liberal leader Emil Boc resigned his post more on account of mounting pressure from his fellow party members, on one hand, and the opposition, protesters and mass-media, on the other, than to “all too-elaborate calculations”. “A man leading the ruling party and the government needs many protection screens to cope with beneficial or ill-fate influences. (…) This is a difficult position. I believe Mr. Boc had enough of it, plain and simple,” Teodorescu told the “Jurnalul National” daily newspaper in an interview yesterday. In his view, the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) will only stand to gain from opinion polls after Boc’s resignation if Mihai Razvan Ungureanu is able to have his government passed by Parliament and to come up with a political program able to meet the demands of the public agenda. He nonetheless described the governing formula chosen by Traian Basescu as “very risky”. “Traian Basescu chose Emil Constan­tinescu’s solution <a former president of the National Peasant Christian and Democratic Party, the ruling party in 2000> – he picked a non-partisan person, experienced and respected by the people, who takes on a dual task: to lead the government and restore the depleted voting pool of the governing party. He could have chosen other alternatives too, yet, he opted for an individual electoral campaign to restore the lost credibility,” the IMAS director said.

In a posting on his personal blog, former premier Adrian Nastase said that Emil Boc’s withdrawal, along with the old guard, “is creating yet another power pole from where those no longer in government will try to control certain areas of the central and local power”.

“As I am a rather suspicious person, especially when it comes to Basescu, we might find out soon that the real purpose of appointing MRU (Mihai Razvan Ungureanu) with the government was to vacate the position of SIE Director, useful for future projects! And Mihai Razvan Ungureanu will find out that he is not a premier, but a prisoner…” Nastase writes on the blog.

On the other hand, former presidential counselor Sebastian Lazaroiu is enthusiastic about nominating Mihai Razvan Ungureanu as chief of government and the move made these days by PDL, by proposing for the Ungureanu Cabinet only young party members that have not been ministers before. “I find it a very spectacular move. (…) I think PDL is now the party that did understand the signal of protests staged at the beginning of this year. (…) For Romania, it is better this way. For Emil Boc, who supported this move, I think it is a big plus as well,” Lazaroiu said in an interview with the Ring newspaper. In his opinion, this could be the ‘Snow-White’ party he mentioned in the past. “I would risk saying that we finally see Snow-White. From now on, we must find out to what extent this new Cabinet will move away from the bad habits of politics over the last 20 years. I am confident this is precisely what will happen,” the former Labour minister said.On the other hand, Lazaroiu sees Ungureanu as the candidate of the political right for the next presidential elections.

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