PM’s father-in-law, Senator Ilie Sarbu of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) says he will withdraw from politics in order to work with the Court of Auditors, with a proposal for his nomination as deputy chair of the court expected to be discussed in a week’s time.
“It is hard to say why I give up on politics after 23 years, but things get simpler. In politics, generations come and go and I have concluded that this is the time when I can do more somewhere else. (…) The actual proposal will be made next week. The position will no longer allow me to also be a member of PSD and a senator. I will withdraw from all my current positions, because I am compelled to do so,” said Sarbu.
He added that although his wish to work with the Court of Auditors emerged this February, he remained the floor leader of the PSD senators in the February-June ordinary session of Parliament because Prime Minister Victor Ponta needed him.
“I guess there I can do much more, given that the area I want to deal with would be agriculture with all its funds: SAPARD, PHARE, APDRP, the organisations that I created myself, one way or another, because that is life. When the agriculture chapter was closed, these organisations emerged. I somehow know them from their bottom up. (…) Since I am still able, I have thought about this area, and I have done it for a long time. This has been discussed since February, but I kept staying because Victor [Ponta] needed me, and I managed to keep the senatorial group compact and work perfectly with them. I would have had no other reason to withdraw, had it not been for that wish,” Sarbu said Sunday after a meeting of PSD leadership with party’s senators.
He added that his resignation from the position of PSD floor leader in the Senate was not the result of some dissatisfaction. He added that the new floor leader, Mihai Fifor, has all the necessary skills to hold the position.
“Maybe it will not be the same in the beginning like I managed to keep the group together, but he is young, energetic and smart and I cannot see why he could not do that, particularly since for three years he has had what to learn from me,” added Sarbu.
Dragnea: Sarbu has my and PSD’s support for deputy chair of the Court of Auditors
Acting national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea on Sunday said former floor leader of the PSD senators Ilie Sarbu is enjoying both his and the party’s support to take over an office of deputy chairman of the Court of Auditors.
“I want to thank Mr Ilie Sarbu for his management style as floor chairman. That mattered a lot to the party. It was serious support for the Government. He is an experienced politician of much substance, a man with very many skills, which made me announce my group colleagues and I say it publicly now that he will have my and the party’s support for a deputy chair office at the Court of Auditors, because PSD cannot afford to recommend for an office inexperienced people or people that we are not sure can properly manage the responsibilities of office. Ilie Sarbu is a man I trust a lot and who can manage a position of such importance,” Dragnea said Sunday at the end of a meeting of the PSD leadership with the group of PSD senators at the Senate House.
Fifor, voted to replace Sarbu as floor leader of PSD senators
Senator Ilie Sarbu’s replacement as floor leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) senators is Mihai Fifor, according to the outcome of a vote on Sunday by the PSD senators. The replacement will be made public at a plenary session of the Senate on Tuesday, the first in the ordinary autumn session.
Voting for him were 42 senators, while his challenger Serban Nicolae garnered 12 positive ballots. One vote was annulled.
“I want to thank my colleagues for their trust placed in me this evening, but not before thanking Mr Chairman Ilie Sarbu for his special activity of the past three years of coordination of the senatorial group. In my opinion, we are a redoubtable team and in the incoming parliamentary session, there will be very many things to do and certainly we will be able to carry on a legislative programme that is as serious as they come and that will prove once again, if need was, that PSD has an important say now, and we will do that in the collegial spirit that characterises us,” said Fifor.
PSD acting Chairman Liviu Dragnea said he told his colleagues at the PSD senatorial meeting that he withholds support for any candidate for the floor leadership or membership on the Standing Bureau of the Senate.
“Although there were colleagues that insisted on or requested a point of view from me, I said that the most important thing for me as acting chairman of PSD and for the party’s leadership is that the one to be elected floor chair will have the legitimacy of a free ballot. I am glad that Mihai Fifor is now the floor leader; I have known him for a long time and he is a man I trust, a man who has proved able to manage such a position despite being young. He will have to muster enough wisdom to keep the group united,” said Dragnea.