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January 27, 2023

A day of forecasts on future prime minister…

Today was a day of forecasts on future prime minister. After meeting in the afternoon with members of the coalition, Prime Minister Ponta advanced as main possible future premier the name of the Senate Speaker and President of  the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, who previously held this position for four years between 2004-2008. Other possible candidates for the top position at the Victoria Palace on PSD presidential contender’s list are the current First Vice-Governor of the National Bank (BNR), and  George Maior, the director of Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).

After Teodor Melescanu announced his support for Victor Ponta in the second round of presidential election, PSD presidential candidate said  that if he wins the runoff election he will appoint former director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) his national security adviser.

“Following assessments of the domestic political context preceding the second round of presidential elections in 2014 and a series of discussions that we had with the Prime Minister, I wish to notify the public that in the second round of elections I will support candidate  Victor Ponta. I  recommend also to the electorate that gave me confidence in the first round to support the candidature of Mr. Victor Ponta,” announced  Teodor Meleşcanu  in a communiqué released to the press.

‘I can announce you that I have talked with Mr Teodor Melescanu and he will be part of my presidential team as national security adviser, replacing Mr Fota, I believe, because I am counting on his experience and I need experienced people for the Presidential Administration. There will be more advisers I will unveil in the days ahead,’ Ponta told a meeting on Tuesday evening of the ruling coalition discussing the next prime minister to replace Ponta if Ponta wins the runoff election.

Regarding the proposals for the possible premier of ACL’s candidate Klaus Iohannis, although he hasn’t officially advanced any name, there are rumors in the media saying that Mr. Iohannis possible prime ministers would be either  Vasile Blaga,Monica Macovei or ACL’s vice-president Catalin Predoiu.

In the public interventions held Tuesday, the two main competitors in the presidential runoff election emphasize the importance of the votes from Diaspora and expressed their concern that the second round scheduled on November 16 will take place normally without any incidents.

Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean said that he proposed the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) representatives that the statutory declaration should be made available for the electors on the internet before the voting day and signed afterwards, in front of the polling station president.

There are 12 days left until the presidential runoff election and everybody hopes that Romanians living and working abroad will not have problems any more at the polling stations.



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