The resolutions adopted on Friday by the National Council of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) are applicable immediately, says the party head, Prime Minister Victor Ponta.
‘The National Council has adopted three resolutions; they all produce political effects immediately. It also adopted a decision on starting elections in all our local, youth, women’s and pensioners’ structures, so that in November we have a congress with the participation of all the legitimate representatives of our structure,’ Ponta declared at the Parliament Palace.
According to him, the resolution on the party members with corruption issues is very precise.
‘As it was my proposal, I was very careful about all it means not just from the political point of view, but also from the judiciary one. I repeat myself: from the moment of its adoption by the National Council, it produces political effects – not judiciary, because we are not courts of law. But, just like Mr. Valcov has given up his minister position, if any other situation stipulated in the Council’s resolution occurs, obviously the proceeding will be in accordance with it,’ the Social Democrat leader added.
According to the integrity principles of this resolutions, PSD members will lose their positions in the Government or in the Parliament leadership if they are investigated in corruption cases; party members placed under arrest pending trial in corruption cases will lose the public positions held with the party’s support or will be suspended from their political positions won by elections.
The document also stipulates that party members sentenced by the first instance for corruption acts automatically will lose their party positions and get their party membership suspended. Those who get final corruption sentences will be excluded from the PSD.
Labour Minister Rovana Plumb elected chair of PSD’s National Council
The National Council of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) elected Labour Minister Rovana Plumb as its chair, in a 807 to 37 vote; she was already one of the party’s vice presidents.
The voting proceeded based on 855 mandates distributed to the delegates; 844 votes were valid and 11 invalidated.
Plumb was the only candidate for the chairmanship of the National Council.