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February 4, 2023

PC-PLR merger to be decided by 24 March

Conservative Party (PC) President Daniel Constantin (photo) said the Central Executive Bureau of his party had approved by vote the beginning of negotiations for a merger with PLR, adding that a decision would be made on whether the merger would happen or not by 24 March.

‘There have been debates for several months now on an alliance or merger with Mr. Tariceanu’s party. These debates have now finished and the Central Executive Bureau took a vote on beginning negotiations with the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR). I think that, after 16 November, the citizen expects a different kind of politics, closer to the person. This is what we intend to do, offer an alternative to PNL and even to PSD. After the merger we will become the third political pole’, Daniel Constantin said on Gandul Live.

He said two commissions would be set up, one in each party, to negotiate for two weeks and make a decision on 24 March if a consensus is reached on the PC-PLR merger.

‘The vote today means two weeks of negotiations, two commissions that will sit down at the table to see if there is a consensus. On 24 March we will meet and, if there is a consensus, we will hold a congress to elect a president for the newly created party. The new party, if created, will participate in elections with its own candidates’, D. Constantin also explained.

He further said that the new party would position itself as a centre-right party, a member of the group of European Liberals.

‘In my view, if things go right, we will have PSD, PNL and a new party, PSD has no resentment over that’, Constantin added.

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu in turn said, on Tuesday, that there were talks with PC, but not yet a negotiation for a merger with PLR, and that in PC there was also a ‘willingness to analyze the formula’.


Daniel Constantin on his relationship to Dan Voiculescu: ‘We have come to situations I never imagined’


PC President Daniel Constantin spoke on Gandul Live about his conflict with PC founder Dan Voiculescu, disclosing the fact that the situation was ‘irreconcilable’.

‘There are a few situations I have preferred not to mention during this period, it’s a conflict that, in my view, has been there for quite some time, and I think that today, unfortunately we are in an irreconcilable situation. W have come to a point where the situation can be described in this way. It’s clear that after conviction and especially after the presidential election I have become a main target, with a press campaign, things I don’t wish to remind of too much, I don’t want to highlight this conflict. Things have gone too far (with Dan Voiculescu – editor’s note), with the press campaigns, but when you decide to be a politician you expect such things. We have come to situations I never imagined’, Daniel Constantin said.

After Dan Voiculescu’s conviction and prison sentence in the ICA case, PC President Daniel Constantin has been repeatedly attacked from within his own party and Prime Vice President Cristian Popescu Piedone, Vice President Cristiana Anghel and MEP Maria Grapini have resigned their positions in PC without quitting the party, claiming they wanted to preserve their freedom of public expression.


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