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Saftoiu wants PDL to team up with the Liberals

The new PDL spokeswoman Adriana Saftoiu says that migration only existed because politicians encouraged the practice, adding that, ‘in 2009, PDL encouraged it too’.

Just installed in her new position as spokeswoman for the Liberal Democratic Party (PDL), Adriana Saftoiu produced an analysis of her new party Tuesday night. She said an alliance between PDL and PNL would come ‘naturally’; noting that she did not believe USL would survive until 2014. ‘As I don’t want a mammoth party of over 50 par cent, one you cannot control anymore – we have all seen what power turns people into – the party will need to enter into an alliance. My personal preference would be that PDL allies itself with a right-wing party, with PNL’, Saftoiu said on Realitatea TV. She added that, if USL broke up, PNL leader Crin Antonescu would run using the signs of his own party, PNL. ‘I’d rather PNL left itself, I wouldn’t like to see it be thrown out’, Saftoiu said. In what regards political migration, knowing the Democrat Liberals have lost two prominent figures lately (Sorin Frunzaverde and Mihai Stanisoara who have moved to PNL – a/n), she said ‘migration is a genuine problem’ that cannot be dealt with by an imperative mandate.

In fact, Saftoiu reminded that political migration only existed because politicians themselves encouraged it, and that, in 2009, PDL had done exactly that. ‘There is also migration in the vote, you need to guide yourselves by personal principles. In the 2012 parliamentary election I voted for Calin Popescu Tariceanu, I voted on considerations of name rather than party, actually I voted for the person’, Saftoiu said. The former presidential adviser also made  a brief remark on Traian Basescu, who – she said – was the politician that had left the most powerful impression on her. ‘Traian Basescu impressed me the most. If you deny Traian Basescu’s qualities as a politician it means you cannot evaluate a politician’, Saftoiu said. At the beginning of the week, Adriana Saftoiu was elected spokeswoman for PDL by the National Standing Bureau of the party. Saftoiu was also PD’s spokeswoman from 2011 to 2004 and, in 2005-2007, at the beginning of President Traian Basescu’s first term, was his adviser on communication matters.

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