Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu stated on Friday evening that National Liberal Party (PNL) First Vice President Catalin Predoiu was rather a technocrat minister, without political profile, and that he is not suitable for the office of Romanian Premier.
“Predoiu permanently overbids and becomes ridiculous increasingly often, because he has no experience in politics and not much of a calling for politics,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated in a televised interview, being quoted by PS News.
“He isn’t cut out for the Premier’s office. He made political progress while he was Justice Minister, but very modestly. He was rather a technocrat minister – he had no political profile. Ever since he ended up among PNL’s leaders he permanently overbids and becomes ridiculous increasingly often, because he has no experience in politics and not much of a calling for politics, in the sense of talent,” the Senate Speaker stated when asked for his opinion about Predoiu.
Concerning the ruling coalition’s chances of survival, Tariceanu pointed out that all the members of PSD, UNPR and ALDE are determined to see it survive until the 2016 elections.
Asked whether he would be willing to be the new Premier in case Ponta resigns, the Senate Speaker avoided giving a clear answer, stating only that Ponta is aware of the risks he would generate if he were to resign.
“I don’t believe Ponta will give up, because he knows what the consequences would be: all the cards would be handed over to the President, who could then play as he wishes, could force the limits of the Constitution (like Mr. Basescu used to put it). I believe Victor Ponta is absolutely aware of the risks such an attitude would generate,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu concluded.