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March 23, 2023

Who will be the leader of the right-wing after Iohannis is seated at Cotroceni?

PSD is not the only party of intense internal troubles after the electoral elections, as many members demand a thorough analysis of the causes that led to PM Ponta’s failure to win presidency. On the right side of the political spectrum, things are far from being quiet, too. Certainly, the blow received by PSD at the elections has shaken the party and is due to cause changes during the weeks to come. Actually, a tsunami has blown them apart, making it completely impossible for them to stay stuck in the same organization and strategy they have used so far. Yet, parties in the right-wing of the political scene have enough to worry about on their turn.

A question that appears more and more frequently during the final days of Traian Basescu’s term as a president is “Who will be the leader of the right, after Basescu hands over the presidential baton to Klaus Iohannis on December 21?”

Undoubtedly, Iohannis’ departure to Cotroceni will let the right wing in a far more privileged situation than before elections, but, obviously, it will not solve the issues, because, similarly to the left-wing, the right-wing has no unity, it is divided in many groups of interests, there are plenty of disagreements and frictions, and many times, the leaders of these parties mutually hit one another beyond the belt and vehemently attach each other such as, by example, Monica Macovei and Elena Udrea.

Iohannis was elected president by an alliance including two parties that had already merged, but still have many things to argue about behind closed doors, and their opinions are not always convergent, which frequently leads to clashes of vanity.

Even inside the PDL led by Vasile Blaga, presently part of the “great PNL”, there are still people who are 100% loyal to incumbent president Traian Basescu, and Emil Boc is the most notorious name on this list. Also, it is not a secret that Liberal seniors are totally opposing the idea that Blaga would be the President of the newly-created party.

Despite not being a veteran in the “lions’ arena of politics”, Iohannis (described by many people, a year ago but also quite recently as a man “who appeared out of nowhere”, an expression of skepticism regarding his capacity to play the role of steam engine of the right wing), fully proved, in a short while, that he had genuine gifts as a true leader.

The newly elected President had hinted though, from the initial hours after being informed that he had won the presidential elections, that, once he was seated at Cotroceni, he was not disposed to make partisan politics and to favour his party as his predecessor did, warning his fellow Liberals that, after he officially starts his term as president, they “will have to forget him” and to manage on their own.

It is undoubtable that Romania needs a strong and united right wing and that this was a long-time wish by many people, considering that if the party achieves this unity, it would greatly improve their political and democratic balance.

Under these circumstances, the natural question is which of the remaining right-wing leaders would be prepared to assume the unification of the right-wing and the leadership of the new political block founded after the many small right wing and centre – right wing groups existing on the political scene merge around ACL?

A notorious and trustworthy name who could have been able to achieve such an ambitious and necessary project is PNL former leader Crin Antonescu. Yet, Antonescu had recently announced without any hesitation that he was not interested at all in returning to lead PNL.

Vasile Blaga is a quite controversial leader, due to his political past, and he would be missing, for sure, the support of veteran Liberals.

From the “young wolves”, Catalin Predoiu still lacks the influence to assure support to his own party; Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, although highly ambitious, is not a persuasive person either and enjoys no consistent support, especially as he has migrated many times from one small party to the next, seeking a protective umbrella. As for Elena Udrea, beside her less than honouring results at the presidential elections, her name has been increasingly associated during the last few weeks with notorious corruption cases her former husband Dorin Cocos was involved in, and it is not an encouraging presentation for a future leader of the right-wing that should, first of all, have an indisputable morality.

It is yet to be seen what Traian Basescu would to after handing the baton over to Klaus Iohannis. A few weeks ago, he announced the intention to join Elena Udrea’s PMP on December 21.

It is still not known what is next. Beyond any doubt, at the time being, the Romanian right wing has no leader to equal Traian Basescu’s personality, his experience and notoriety both in internal political circles and his relations to the European People’s Party.

Monica Macovei’s name should not be omitted either from this multiple variable equation represented by the unification of the right wing and finding the adequate leader for this political project. Her very convincing performance at the presidential elections, her notoriety and, most of all, the fact that her name is not associated to any scandal or corruption crime confers her at least the moral advantage of a stainless name that could be able to gather the right-wing around her and instill unity.



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