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October 24, 2021

Former president Traian Basescu: “To build the biggest mosque in Europe, I find that exaggerated”

Former President Traian Basescu attended a Popular Movement Party (PMP) meeting in Bascov (Arges county), where he talked about Romania’s reunification with the Republic of Moldova.

“We lost Bessarabia following the decision of two murderers and we cannot remain forever like they decided. This is the goal I believe PMP should propose after Romania has joined NATO and EU,” the former president said.

The former head of state did not miss the opportunity to criticize Premier Victor Ponta. Basescu talked about “the time when Islamism expands toward the Balkans and our Premier decides to approve the construction of the biggest mosque in Europe alongside of which there will be a university for 6,000 students,” referring to it as a risk, “decisions that are at least reckless if not anti-national.”

“To build the biggest mosque in Europe and to create alongside it a university for 6,000 Islamist students, I find that exaggerated. I hope the Romanian state will not approve such a project,” Basescu pointed out.

During the PMP meeting the former president also tackled issues related to internal politics and painted the picture of a “confused” PSD and a PNL “incapable of opposition.”

“We see a confused PSD, a PNL incapable of opposition and a Government that once again wastes money. (…) What the government is doing now could set us farther away from adopting the Euro in 2019,” he emphasized.

A surprising statement made by the former head of state was the one concerning the possible future Prime Minister. Thus, Basescu stated that he does not see Catalin Predoiu in that position but PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu instead, despite the rivalry he has with her.


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