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January 29, 2022

PDL’s Oltean: Ungureanu, Traian Basescu’s most likely successor

“From autumn forward, our talks with the PNL will be quite different,” the PDL general secretary said.

The Democrat-Liberals are preparing the ground for Premier Mihai Razvan Ungureanu succeeding Traian Basescu at Cotroceni. Democrat Liberal Party (PDL) General Secretary Ioan Oltean told a press conference Saturday it is “almost certain” that Ungureanu will follow Traian Basescu as Romania’s next president once the latter’s term in office comes to an end. Asked about his view of Mihai Razvan Ungureanu’s political project, Oltean had this to say, according to Mediafax: It is an extremely interesting project. The premier is an extremely strong personality, as we all see, a man whose intelligence and political vision is increasingly shown for what is worth and we believe this project will be quite successful.” Asked whether Mihai Razvan Ungureanu is likely to succeed the incumbent head of state, Oltean answered: “When President Traian Basescu’s term in office is over, this is almost sure to happen.”Oltean also told Saturday’s conference about a likely change in the relationship between the PDL and Liberals, with “talks going to be different from” those now. Asked how he comments on the Social-Liberal Union (USL) resolution prohibiting its parties to cooperate with the PDL after the legislation election this autumn, Oltean answered: “This is no news. I was expecting the USL today <Saturday> to put up a great show announcing their candidates, as it has kept saying for the past two weeks. (…) I assure you that, after the autumn elections, our talks with the PNL will be quite different from those today.


Until the communication bridge between the PDL and the National Liberal Party (PNL) is forged, defections continue, as forecast by Vasile Blaga, from the USL to the PDL. Oltean also announced Saturday that six PNL mayors in Bistrita-Nasaud will run on the PDL ticket in the local election. “They joined our team, obviously improving the number of PDL mayors and the pool of likely PDL voters. The party stands a real chance in these elections to consolidate its positions and to add at least five or six mayoralties to those already in place,” Oltean said. USL Cluj demanded that Prefect Florin Stamatian be replaced, having allegedly attended a PDL meeting.


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