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January 23, 2022

Rovana Plumb or Liviu Dragnea? PSD expected to select its interim national leader

The Social Democratic Party (PSD), major at rule, will be convening today in a meeting of its National Executive Committee (CExN) to select an interim national leader after former national leader Victor Ponta pulled out. The party is also expected to agree on a date for the convention of its Congress.

Victor Ponta has urged the party to select its new leadership as soon as possible, because PSD “has to govern and there are important things to do before the revision of the national budget.” He added that the person PSD believes to be the best to rule the party until the convention of the PSD Congress will have his full support.

Two leaders announced by Tuesday they were considering taking over the interim national chairmanship of the party: former Executive Chairman Liviu Dragnea, currently the party’s political coordinator, and Chair of the PSD National Council Rovana Plumb.

The CExN convention starts today at 15:00hrs, at Parliament Palace.

Under the PSD statutes, the National Executive Committee is made up of the members of the National Standing Bureau, chairs of the PSD county, Bucharest district, Bucharest City, Diaspora, PSD Moldova and PSD Online branches, along with the members on the standing bureaus of the Romanian Parliament’s two chambers and chairs of the standing committees of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies and Senate as well as ministers who are PSD members even when not holding another position.

The CExN convention has to be attended by two thirds of the members to be statutory, while decisions are taken by a majority vote of the attendees.

On July 12, Victor Ponta announced he will not hold any position on the PSD leadership board until after he proves his innocence in court to the accusations levelled at him.

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