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January 23, 2022

PNL’s Gorghiu on motion of censure: Talks on voting are on, will continue next week

Co-chair of the opposition National Liberal Party Alina Gorghiu on Saturday said at Poina Brasov that talks over voting on the motion of censure to be tabled by PNL on Monday started and will continue into the next week, including with the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR).

“Talks on voting on the motion of censure have started and we will continue them into next week. We will hold them including with [UNPR national leader] Gabriel Oprea. We are going to meet the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) as well and all the others next week. Until the talks we will have with them, I am counting on the poise and prudence of the two national party leader Gabriel Oprea and Liviu Dragnea [of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), major at rule], who I guess do not want to stick to this sick man that is [PM] Ponta and risk all that means peace and balance in Romania in the process,” said Gorghiu, according to Agerpres.

She added that the talks will be conducted with both the party leaders and each MP individually, hopping that this time is luck.

“We believe that the ball is in Mr Dragnea’s court, Mr Oprea’s court, and we wait and see what they decide. I do not know what we could do more than urging them to place national interest above party interests or their petty interest in staying in power,” added Gorghiu.

PNL will be tabling its motion of censure on Monday that will be read out at a plenary session of Parliament on September 24, with a vote expected on September 28-29m said Gorghiu, adding that the dates may be changed. She said the title and contents of the motion will be finalised on Sunday.

Blaga: We have to win the 2016 elections, local elections will give the signal

Co-chair of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) PNL Vasile Blaga told more than 1,000 PNL locally elected officials at a convention on Saturday at Poina Brasov that the party must win the 2016 elections. He warned that he will recommend the National Council of the party to dismantle the leadership of the party’s nonperforming organisations.

“The leaders of the party’s organisations that do not understand that mayors, county council chairs, local and county councillors are the base of the party do not deserve their positions. The incoming election year is highly important. We all know that the signal will be given at the local elections; it will be given from Bucharest City and from the historical local capitals – Iasi, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Craiova and Constanta, where we expect high performance, as we expect from all over the places. We are certainly a democratic party with leaderships in all the counties, but, as I told the county leaders at the meeting on Friday of the Leading College: do not nominate your candidates in backrooms; I do not do it and Mrs Gorghiu [another co-chair of PNL] does not do either. Let it be clear that I will suggest the National Council of the party to dismantle all the leaderships of the 10 least performing organisations. We must win the elections,” said Blaga.

He also told PNL’s locally elected public officials that the party trusts them to find the best candidates for the elections. He added that there is no shortage of candidates, but the party needs candidates who can win, not candidates to fill up lists.

Blaga said he is convinced that PNL will count on the locally elected officials to do a good job as they did in the presidential election of 2014.

“The Social Democratic Party [PNL’s main rival] is a strong party. Anyone who thinks it is defeated beforehand is mistaken. The only time when PSD won less than 30 percent of the vote was in 1996. But, PSD never looked so uglier than now. And that is why we have a chance of kneeling it in the oncoming election year,” said Blaga.

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