PM Ponta: PLR could not, would not join government right now

Prime Minister Victor Ponta declared that there is not possible for the Reformist Liberal Party (PLR) to join the government at present; he would, however, be open to build another majority after elections, including “the true Liberals”. “It’s not a possibility at present, as they don’t want it, either. They are building their party; they have the candidacy of Tariceanu. But yes, after November 16, if Tariceanu becomes President of Romania, we want to form a new government, and we want the Liberals to join this majority, because this is actually what USL means,” Ponta said on Wednesday at the Parliament Palace, according to Agerpres; he was referring to the Social Liberal Union, the alliance between his Social Democratic Party and the National Liberal Party – PNL; Tariceanu left PNL after they decided to exit the alliance; he then founded PLR. According to Ponta, the true Liberals are PLR, while PNL are “Basescu’s PDL” (Democratic Liberal Party, led by President Traian Basescu before he was elected). Asked whether he could make a tandem with Tariceanu after the presidential elections, Ponta answered: “Not yet. We’re both running for president. Hopefully we’ll be both in the second round.”

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