National Liberal Party (PNL) Honorary President Mircea Ionescu Quintus was celebrated by PNL MPs on Wednesday, receiving from them a bouquet of 99 roses in Romania’s national colours and a birthday cake with the message “the most beloved Liberal.” Quintus stated that even President Klaus Iohannis sent him flowers. Known for his epigrams, Mircea Ionescu Quintus told one of them to those present. Mircea Ionescu-Quintus was born on 18 March 1917 in Kherson, Ukraine.
He was presented two pieces of glass artwork by deputies and senators who wished him – and wrote on his birthday cake ‘many happy returns to the most beloved Liberal!’
‘Since I entered politics – and I did that alongside my wife – I have said the National Liberal Party will be our great family. We still see it that way. (…) This long life did not spare me bitterness, dramatic moments or great satisfactions and joys. (…) One hundred [years] today means a century of existence, of life and feelings in our National Liberal Party,’ Ionescu-Quintus declared.
He recalled his grandfather, a founding member of the Liberal Party chapter of Prahova County, and his father’s nine terms as a senator.
He told the story of his distinctive name, which should actually have been Mircea Ioan, through three generations; because of historic circumstances, he got his birth certificate only when he was five years old.
‘Now I could say I’m 93; if I were a woman, I would not disregard this possibility. (…) Apparently, however, the correction was not operated up there in heavens. God thinks I’m younger, and I leave Him with this error as long as it takes,’ the senator added.
PNL co-Chair Vasile Blaga was also present at the celebration.