National Liberal Party (PNL) First Vice President Ludovic Orban, who announced his decision to take part in the race to obtain his party’s nomination as its candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, considers that acting Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu has the advantage because the local elections will have a single round.
“With no runoff the situation is a bit more complicated. The acting mayor has the advantage. The second thing, somewhat of a disadvantage, is that PSD never had a competitor for left-wing votes, he almost always garnered the votes of left-wing voters. While to the right of the political spectrum there was a competition, there were several candidates,” Ludovic Orban stated for Adevarul Live.
Moreover, the Liberal emphasized, right-wing voters are less interested in elections compared to left-wing voters.
He pointed out that he did not talk with President Klaus Iohannis about his decision but the PNL leaders knew of his intention to run.
According to Orban, the procedure of nominating the PNL candidate is not 100 per cent objective, however he added that he does not perceive the party colleagues that signed up for the same race as being opponents.
“Bucharest needs a singly vision. A district mayoralty cannot have a development strategy different from the one that the Bucharest Municipality’s General Council has,” Orban emphasized.
In what concerns the statement made by PNL Co-President Vasile Blaga, according to which Bucharest needs a candidate with Klaus Iohannis’s profile, Orban stated: “I don’t know whether we have to look for a man that looks like Klaus Iohannis. Bucharest needs a serious candidate that would know what to do in Bucharest. The resemblance with Klaus Iohannis is that he has to win. I have a lot of elements in common with Klaus Iohannis: seriousness, involvement in projects, consistency. I don’t feel myself the member of an ethnic minority, although I have an ethnic minority member’s name and some internet users swear at me from time to time. I grew up in Brasov, I am a good connoisseur of traditions.”
Cristian Busoi, Costica Canacheu and Petre Roman have also announced their decision to run in the nomination race.
The elections for the Bucharest City Hall will take place in 2016.
The recently modified local elections law stipulates, among other things, that mayors will be elected in a single round, county council chairmen will be elected by county council members and the electoral threshold for political parties will be maintained at 5 per cent.