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October 5, 2022

Democrat liberals to elect new leadership on June 30

Vasile Blaga starts gathering signatures in support of his candidacy for party president.

The extraordinary National Convention of the Democrat Liberal Party that will elect a new leadership will take place on June 30, as decided by the National Coordination Council of the party yesterday. The Convention organisation Commission will be made up of nine people proposed by the county organisations with the best results in the local election. ‘The extraordinary National Convention will be on June 30. We will elect the president and the BPN. There will be 1,450 delegates (…). The new BPN and the new president of the party will definitely need to conduct an analysis of the results of each branch’, said resigning PDL President Emil Boc after the CNC meeting. He added that the new leaders will be elected for a four-year term but that a new Convention would be held after the parliamentary election, for further evaluation. According to Boc, the date of June 30 for the Convention was decided upon by an overwhelming majority, with only two abstentions being recorded. As far as Boc is concerned, he reiterated that he was not going to run again for a new term and that he would just vote like a regular delegate at the National Convention. ‘I have one regret – that we have not made it in the local election, even if I personally won with PDL, with the colour orange, taking responsibility for all measures, I regret we have not obtained more county council presidents and more mayors of county capitals nationwide’, Boc also said. According to outgoing PDL Secretary General Ioan Oltean, anyone interested to run for a leading position in the party should announce their candidacy by no later than today. Oltean told Mediafax that he had signed in support of Vasile Blaga’s candidacy for the position of PDL president and so had other organisation leaders.MP Raluca Turcan also said Blaga could be one of the people who would lead PDL, finding the party would also need some new faces.Outgoing PDL Vice President Sever Voinescu said he did not exclude that he might be one of the candidates, but noted that the group made up of Cristian Preda, Monica Macovei, Toader Paleologu and himself would discus it and announce the name of the candidate it would endorse for the office as president of PDL. MEP Cristian Preda, in his turn, said that he and his colleagues would file a motion for party presidency, two other people embracing their ideas being Raluca Turcan and Gabriel Berca. MP Mihai Stanisoara also said he might run, saying that ‘many of his colleagues were carrying a marshal’s baton in their haversack’. PDL Women Organisation President Sulfina Barbu didn’t exclude the possibility of standing for election in the party either, but her view was more that PDL ‘should start a centre-right cooperation’ with ex-PM Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, and the new PDL leadership should bring together the centre-right forces in order to build ‘a bloc’ that should be an alternative to USL. In what regards Ungureanu, when he was asked, Monday evening, if he fancied joining PDL, he answered that he was not going to comment on rumours and that he was not a member of PDL. Some members of the former PDL leadership, such as resigning Vice President Toader Paleologu, said that the ideal PDL president would be someone who had been victorious in the local election, someone like Gheorghe Falca, the Mayor of Arad, who, however, would not give a straight answer on whether he would run or not. Falca’s candidacy would be also supported by Senator and ex-Interior Minister Traian Igas. On the other hand, Neamt leader Gheorghe Stefan clearly said he was not going to be a candidate, but refused to say whom he would support ‘in order not to create animosity’.

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