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Traian Basescu: In the absence of genuine opposition, I will assume the role of one-man band

Ex-President Traian Basescu declared on Saturday, in Galati, at a meeting of the Popular Movement Party (PMP) that, were he to be the President elected by Romanians on November 16, Victor Ponta would not have spent the New Year’s Eve as a Prime Minister.

Traian Basescu went on to add that, in the absence of genuine opposition in Romania, he was willing to play the part of the opposition, even claiming that he was willing to assume the role of an one-man-band.

“If you noticed lately that there was no opposition, I will play the part of the opposition as well, just like a one-man-band. And I will play an increasingly strong opposition, as the Social Liberal Union (USL) is still a reality. It still exists, agreements are working, and you may notice that they are taking extensive care not to bother one another. I am telling you as honestly as possible; if I were the President elected on November 16, Victor Ponta would not have spent the New Year’s Eve as a Prime Minister. But this is life. Finally, the newly elected President has consolidated his position so well, that I think he will soon be sorry that he accepted the functioning of USL”, Basescu declared.

The former President also pointed out not being able to ignore the fact that PSD and PNL, implicitly Prime Minister Victor Ponta and President Klaus Iohannis did not assume the coup d’etat of 2012, this is why Basescu would only refer to them as “The Alliance of Grivco”.

“One thing I cannot ignore in the relation of PSD, and implicitly the Prime Minister, and PNL, implicitly the President, is that neither of them admitted the mistake of the coup d’etat in the summer of the year 2012. I can only acknowledge them as ‘The Alliance of Grivco’”, Basescu mentioned.

Traian Basescu visited Galati on Saturday, where he attended the South-Eastern regional meeting of PMP and of county organizations in Braila, Buzau, Constanta, Galati, Vrancea and Tulcea.

 

Former President claims he was unwilling to join PMP or any other party

 

Ex-President Traian Basescu declared on Saturday, in Galati, that he would not join PMP, because “the actors of transition should be able to step back, when time comes”. He added afterwards, answering a question, that he would never join any other party.

Traian Basescu declared at the South-Eastern Regional Conference of the Popular Movement Party that he would not join this political group as “the actors of transition should be able to step back when time comes”, but that he would remain a partner of PMP as long as the party would need his experience, the Mediafax correspondent reported.

“Definitely, the parties of transition had paid their dues to the country, despite of their sins, in my opinion. Our country is a member of NATO and part of the European Country, and our country is safe now, while we talk. But their time has expired. Similarly to any other period of transition, the actors of transition should be able to step back, when time comes, to provide room for new elements of society, new political structures that should not come with the burden of compromise made during the time of transition. These are the reasons why I believe, in all honesty, that a new party such as the Popular Movement is a party that can generate hope and that it is a party that can be built to become a beautiful party, a party that could earn the trust of Romanian, a party that would not be burdened by the faults of transition.

This is the reason why I am not willing to join PMP and I will remain a partner of this party as long as this party will need my experience.

I assure you that the time will come for you to have enough experience to keep things going without a partner”, former President Traian Basescu declared.

Asked later by journalists whether he would join any other party, Basescu gave a negative answer, without any further explanation.

 

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