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January 20, 2021
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Surprise in the games for the PNL’s leadership: Iohannis backs Alina Gorghiu, Atanasiu withdraws from the race

The incumbent president of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Klaus Iohannis expressed his support for Alina Gorghiu to chair the party, on Wednesday night said first-deputy-president Teodor Atanasiu, at the end of an informal reunion of the party.

The National Political Bureau of the old PNL where the chair of this political formation, who will be co-president of the new PNL, will be elected, is to gather on Thursday at the Parliament Palace.

Senator Teodor Atanasiu has announced on Wednesday he was no longer running for the new PNL co-president and that he has asked his competitor, Ludovic Orban, to do the same “out of solidarity,” reports Agerpres.

“Mr. Ludovic Orban did not reach to a consensus with me in this respect, he is to run against Alina Gorghiu. In exchange, I’m glad I’ve managed to get the support of the incumbent PNL president, Mr. Klaus Iohannis for this candidacy. I asked him to tell us very clearly if he supported Alina Gorghiu, the proposition I tabled, given that initially it was I who was to run for PNL chairmanship with his support. He told us all very clearly that he supports her,” Atanasiu said.

Should she is elected, Alina Gorghiu will be interim chairperson till the next congress or national convention, as it is called in the new party’s statute, which normally should take place in 2017, for 30 months, respectively, the liberal added.

“In a Europe where the regional, local and national conflicts are aggravating, we were looked at with extraordinary approval when electing a German ethnic as President of Romania. So, what could ever happen to the PNL when proposing the Romanian people, for the first time, a young woman to be party president? My guess is we could garner but congeniality,” Teodor Atanasiu concluded.

 

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