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October 5, 2022
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PNL congress to adopt statute on Friday, elect new leadership on Saturday

The National Liberal Party (PNL, in the Opposition) holds its congress at the Parliament Palace on Friday and Saturday, Agerpres informs. The first day of the congress is dedicated to the approval of changes to the party’s statute, and the second to the election of the new leadership. According to Liberal Senator Catalin Boboc, the new statute stipulates the nominal election of the 31 vice presidents of PNL by the party’s congress, with their responsibilities to be proposed later to the National Political Bureau, and approved by the Standing Delegation.
According to evz.ro, 20 of the 31 offices of vice president have already been negotiated. They include Ludovic Orban, Florin Turcanu, Sorin Frunza-Verde, Mircea Molot, Teodor Atanasiu, Aristotel Cancescu, Eduard Hellvig, Dan Motreanu, Raducu Filipescu and Gigel Stirbu, Liberal sources inform. On the other hand, a series of Liberal leaders that are close to Crin Antonescu are at risk of not making it into PNL’s Political Bureau.
Apart from the 31 vice-presidents, the party’s secretary general will also be elected at the congress, and is basically set to become the party’s number two man, given the fact that the office of first vice president will be eliminated. Marian Petrache, the former head of PNL’s electoral campaign, has the biggest chances to win this office. Rares Manescu, Teodor Atanasiu and Dan Motreanu are other names rumored.
The stake of the congress however is the election of the party’s new leadership, with interim party president Klaus Johannis and Senator Ioan Ghise being the candidates. Former PNL President Crin Antonescu pointed out that he will not run for the party’s presidency, but will back Johannis instead. In his turn, Lower Chamber MP Ludovic Orban has decided to drop out of the race and offer his support to the Mayor of Sibiu.
Moreover, many county branch leaders voiced their favourable opinions concerning PNL’s shift from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) to the European People’s Party (EPP); the congress is expected to approve the move.
Also, the decision-making structures of the county branches generally voted in favour of PNL’s merger with the Liberal Democratic Party (PDL); several prominent leaders countrywide announced, however, that they would stand in the congress for the need to preserve PNL’s identity and historical name.
The issue of who will be PNL’s presidential candidate will not be on the event’s agenda however, instead being set to be tackled in talks that the Liberals will have with PDL. 1,550 party delegates from all over the country are expected to take part in the PNL congress.

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