Catalin Predoiu, first vice-chairman of PDL, and Sorin Frunzaverde, vice-chairman of PNL, issued a statement yesterday after discussions between the two party delegations announcing the intent to merge PNL and PDL before the presidential elections and submit the paperwork to the court as soon as possible. According to Frunzaverde, the merger between PNL and PDL will take place “as soon as possible,” before the presidential elections. “In this respect, we must also take into account the work pace of experts and the statute commission. There is a clear sense of determination, however, in view of making the necessary preparations for this merger and carrying it out before the presidential elections,” Frunzaverde explained. Discussions regarding the name of the new resulting party have not taken place so far, he said further, while noting that PNL and PDL branch leaders will meet later in the week to “attune their points of view and decide on county and local council majorities, if applicable.”
Prior to the party’s BPN session, PDL chairman Vasile Blaga stated that PDL wants to merge with PNL as soon as possible, but emphasized that he has never imposed deadlines. The chairman also pointed out that discussions are being held with the Liberal Romania Initiative in view of a merger by absorption.“We will support one single presidential candidate,” Blaga replied when asked to comment on speeding up the merger between PDL and PNL.
In turn, Gheorghe Flutur, secretary general of PDL, mentioned that seven commissions have been set up for the merger with PNL.
Solution for presidential elections – Johannis
Interim PNL leader Klaus Johannis said the Liberals see in him “a solution” to the presidential elections, after the former resigning party chairman, Crin Antonescu, decided to step down from the presidential race. “Judging by the current state of affairs in PNL and the Romanian right, a candidate is needed (…) who is both well-known and has a relatively good profile, whom the electorate trusts, and who is willing to get involved in political battles. I may be this candidate. I have discussed it with my colleagues, since we have never been confronted with such a problem before, and we agreed I could be the solution,” said Johannis live on ProTV last Sunday.
Tariceanu launches Initiative Group for the Preservation of Liberal Identity
Calin Popescu Tariceanu announced the launch of the Initiative Group for the Preservation of Liberal Identity, which will also include PNL MPs. In February, Tariceanu stated he would set up a new Liberal party, a plan which he gave up later in March, when he announced he would create a Liberal economic platform. Tariceanu noted that PNL MPs will also be part of the Initiative Group, but did not wish to offer further details on the subject. “The Initiative Group’s aim is to call attention to PNL’s recent inconsistencies. I am referring to deviations from the statute, the decision to merge with PDL, and leaving the Liberal European family to join the European People’s Party,” he explained. In Tariceanu resigned from PNL.