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Klaus Iohannis submits candidacy to BEC: I’m more a man of action than I am a man of words

PNL President Klaus Iohannis submittedhis candidacy in the presidential election onbehalf of the Christian-Liberal Alliance(ACL) to the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC)on Saturday. The candidate presented 2.2 Msupport signatures and was accompanied by300 sympathisers and party members,including Mircea Ionescu Quintus, formerPresident of the National Liberal Party(PNL).‘We have now walked on the straight pathleading to the presidency of Romania. I thankthe over 2,200,000 voters who signed for me’,Iohannis said on his way out of BEC building,according to Mediafax.He added that he was ‘less a man of wordsand more a man of action’, noting that hehoped his vision would coincide with the oneof the supporters who had signed for him. ‘Itis now the time for action, people know me.I am less a man of words and more of man ofaction. I want to run in order to do politicsdifferently in Romania. Less show, lass noise,more solutions for the people, for Romania. Ihave no groups of interests behind me, notrusts, no institutions. I have behind the teamof the Christian Liberal Alliance and over 2.2M voters who signed for me’, Iohannis alsosaid after being to BEC.Iohannis submitted his candidacy anhour later than the initially scheduled timebecause of BEC’s signature checking procedures.PDL President Vasile Blaga said the delayhappened because of the BEC staff whoinsisted on checking signatures ‘down to thelast one’. ‘So here we are, we’ve made it. Sincewe are going to get more votes than Ponta, wehave more signatures than PSD’, Blaga said.Contacted by Mediafax, BEC’sspokesman Marian Muhulet said ‘the delaywas due to the failure to comply with BEC’sDecision no. 2.’ The Decision in questionstipulates that the candidacy file submitted inview of registration should contain ‘filed supporters’lists and all files and pages must benumbered’.

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