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February 25, 2021

Liviu Dragnea wants to replace Victor Ponta at PSD helm

The Social Democrat Party’s (PSD) political coordinator Liviu Dragnea announced on Tuesday his decision to run for the interim presidency of PSD at the party’s Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday.

“Following the talks held in recent days, I decided that tomorrow I will ask for the vote of confidence in order to take over the prerogatives of PSD President following Victor Ponta’s resignation,” Dragnea stated at the PSD headquarters.

He pointed out that what mattered in taking the decision was the conviction that by getting involved and forming a serious leadership team the party can regain its confidence that in the following period it can seriously organize so that the 2016 elections year would be successful.

Dragnea said that after he obtains his colleagues’ vote of confidence he will follow a concrete plan of political and administrative actions that would politically prepare the upcoming autumn.

“Through my involvement, I want to bring back tranquillity within the party. We find ourselves in a special situation, special measures can be taken. Coherence and action is needed within PSD,” Dragnea said.

The Social-Democrats’ political coordinator pointed out that this is a temporary solution, a new leadership with full prerogatives set to be elected at the party’s future congress meeting.

Dragnea will run against Rovana Plumb, who was designated by Victor Ponta as interim party president until the party’s congress meeting. Halfway through this month, PSD’s Permanent Bureau confirmed Plumb as the Social-Democrats’ interim president.

Liviu Dragnea announced last Thursday that he is determined to run for the interim leadership of PSD, following talks with Victor Ponta and Rovana Plumb.

“I am already determined, but I’ll announce it when I decide to do so. I am determined,” Dragnea said at the time, following an informal meeting with Premier Ponta, Rovana Plumb and PSD Secretary General Andrei Dolineaschi.

Liviu Dragnea was sentenced to one year in jail this year, suspended sentence, in the “Referendum” case. The first appeal has already been scheduled for September, so a final court decision could be issued by the end of this year. The Social-Democrat however believes this is not an obstacle in his race for the party leadership.

PSD’s National Executive Committee (CExN), which has 93 members, will convene on Wednesday, at 3 p.m., in order to decide on the party’s interim leadership. Rovana Plumb has been PSD Interim President since Victor Ponta’s resignation from the position of party president.

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