The People’s Movement formally began its activity as a party as of yesterday. The interim president of the new political organisation, former PDL Deputy Eugen Tomac announced in a press conference that the documents required to register the party were submitted in Court yesterday, and presented the leading team, logo and symbol of PMP, the apple. According to Mediafax, along with Tomac, the press conference was also attended by Marian Preda, president of the People’s Movement Foundation, Teodor Baconschi, Adrian Papahagi, Cristian Petrescu and Dragos Ciuparu. Tomac mentioned that the People’s Movement was founded as a party at the request of the population, its initial purpose being to obtain a good result in the European elections.
PMP stepped up its campaign of recruiting democrat-liberals that are upset with the manner in which Vasile Blaga leads PDL, the latest “capture” being two former MPs and 22 mayors from the Arges County. The person announced by Elena Udrea as interim president of the Movement, Deputy Eugen Tomac already announced his resignation from PDL, saying that the objectives of thenew political project completely coincide to his own goals. Previously, Adrian Papahagi had defected PDL and joined the then-unborn PMP. Over the last months, PDL also lost former ministers Daniel Funeriu and Teodor Baconschi, while Cristian Preda was suspended for six months and subsequently joined the People’s Movement.
The announcement about having submitted in Court the due signatures for registering the party was made also by Elena Udrea. “I want to make it clear: I do not see the People’s Movement as being far from PDL, but as common project,” Udrea told Adevarul.
But there seems to be some distance between words and facts, especially as the situation became even more tense these days when several democrat-liberals defected to PMP. The most important ‘catch’ came from Arges, where 22 mayors were expelled by the branch leadership (so they do not lose their mandates by resigning). Once the “mission” accomplished, the chief of the branch, former senator Mircea Andrei submitted his resignation from the party led by Vasile Blaga.
“I believe that a project which presents the unification of the right is also important for the president. Practically it would be the political heritage left by Traian Basescu, so he should try to get over his discontentment (towards PDL),” Udrea added, quoted by Mediafax. She mentioned that the party was expected to apply for registration yesterday. The president of PDL Cluj, Daniel Buda considers that the target of the People’s Movement should be the electorate upset with the USL governance and does not believe that a solution for this party to become stronger is to cut into PDL’s own electorate.