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December 5, 2020

Liberal head Gorghiu: With interim leader Dragnea, local barons return to SocDem’s leadership

Co-chair of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) Alina Gorghiu told a news conference on Friday in Targoviste that Liviu Dragnea having been elected acting national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD, major in the ruling coalition) means “the return to power of the local barons,” and “PSD turning back 25 years.”

In her opinion, ”Dragnea is as bad a solution as [former party head, Prime Minister Victor] Ponta for PSD,” while the two are engaged in a fight within the party.

”To me, the Dragnea solution means PSD turning back 25 years; it means [former President of Romania, former PSD Chair] Ion Iliescu’s support for Dragnea, which you could witness, and it also means the return of the local barons to party’s leadership . You may have noticed that support for Dragnea came from them; he already reactivated them in some branches. PNL is very little interested in the internal carnage going on in PSD. Unfortunately, this infighting, which is quite aggressive, going on between Dragnea and Ponta, and the inside settlement of accounts are affecting the governance. We were talking about infrastructure as well as the use of European funds, where figures are dramatic,” said Gorghiu.


On political parties observing integrity: “When it comes to PSD, they always bend in the wind”


National Liberal Party (PNL) co-chair Alina Gorghiu said, on Thursday, of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) that it doesn’t respect its own integrity criteria stipulated in the statute, for it maintains in office leaders who are involved in criminal cases.

“I don’t believe that Romanian politics will ever change (…) unless the political parties will be consistent with their own rules. I understood very clearly the message of the November 2014 elections – that the people want politicians who are not suspected of having violated the law. Unfortunately, when looking at the PSD we see that, as the saying goes, they always bend in the wind. Dragnea is still there (…) Ponta is still the head of the Executive as well (…) while the European institutions wonder when he is going to step down,” Gorghiu told a press conference in Pitesti.

She also added that PNL adopted the toughest criteria when it comes to integrity and respects them, unlike the PSD, which disregards its own statute.

“Every time when one of our colleagues will be involved in a criminal file we will respect our party statute and our symbol. We are not saying that Ponta or any of our colleagues involved in such criminal files are guilty for sure, since we need to give them the benefit of the doubt. And I wish them success in clearing all the suspicions, too. I am only saying that PNL underwent a serious reform and I want to remind you that you didn’t see any of our party leaders being so stubborn as to remain in office while being involved in criminal files at the same time. However, unfortunately, while we were being unyielding, for we knew that our party’s image was at stake, and we went on with completing the reform, including by adopting the toughest integrity criteria, that’s not the same case with the PSD. Even if this party’s statute stipulates that no one involved in a criminal file should remain in a public office, you can see with your own eyes that this party’s chairman is convicted in first instance. And also that, not long ago, they had a chairman who was under investigation for tax evasion, money laundering and I don’t know what other crimes,” said Alina Gorghiu, according to Agerpres.


Liberals want dignitaries’ pay ordinance rejected, favor passage of single pay law


The National Liberal Party (PNL) will support the defeat of the ordinance on the dignitaries’ wages and the passage of a single pay law for the entire public sector, PNL co-chair Alina Gorghiu said on Thursday in Pitesti.

“We’ve said it from the very first second, we support the idea that one cannot proceed to a differentiated wage rise, in the first step for the dignitaries, and subsequently for the rest, these measures need to be indiscriminately discussed in bulk. We’ll support the rejection of [the ordinance] and debates on an all-encompassing pay law,” Gorghiu told a press conference.

Interim chairman of the Social Democratic Party Liviu Dragnea said on Thursday that if nobody assumes responsibility for the ordinance on the dignitaries’ pay rise, he will suggest that it be defeated in Parliament.

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