Gorghiu: PNL to organise rally against Gov’t in Izvor Park next Tuesday

The National Liberal Party (PNL) will organise a rally to protest against the Government in Bucharest’s Izvor Park next Tuesday, when the Parliament debates and takes a vote on the motion of censure, the Liberals’ co-president Alina Gorghiu announced on Tuesday.

The rally on September 29 will be also aimed at the postal voting, Gorghiu told a news conference.

She said the Liberals call both on the party organisations near the capital and Bucharest residents to take part.

“Tomorrow [Wednesday] after the plenary sitting (…) we will be able to give you all the details. We call not only on the [PNL] county branches near Bucharest to take part, we also call the Bucharest residents, who know what the Social Democrats’ double-talk means, what the image crisis into which the PSD together with the ruling parties lead us means and how bad it is to keep a compromise formula at Victoria Palace [the Govt’s offices] for the mere sake of one’s not compromising their own chances at the PSD Congress, for example”, said Gorghiu, adding the rally will take place in Izvor Park.

The National Liberal Party on Monday filed a motion of censure against the Government titled “Choose between Romania and Ponta, a compromised premier. Sack Victor Ponta!”.

The document will be read out on Wednesday at 10:00hrs and debated next Tuesday at a plenary session that starts at 10:00hrs, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea announced.

“This week we meet party leaders on motion of censure”

Co-chair of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Alina Gorghiu told a news conference on Tuesday that she will meet leaders of the parliamentary parties this week to discuss the motion of censure tabled by PNL, saying that the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDM) will be met on Wednesday.

“We will meet this week. It is impolite and unnatural for me to tell you when and how or who will attend the meetings; if they want, they will tell that themselves,” said Gorghiu, adding that she did not say there will be a meeting with co-chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu as well.

Gorghiu also said the parties that will support keeping Prime Minister Victor Ponta in office, who is a dignitary facing legal problems, will be accomplices to the degradation of Romania’s image and to making the Romanian state vulnerable.

She said she is not surprised that the Social Democrat Party (PSD), major at rule, intends to keep its members at the benches for the motion of censure, deeming that a gesture by which PSD leaders humiliate their MP colleagues.

As far as discussions with the parliamentary parties are concerned, Gorghiu said no positions are being negotiated and that a rainbow government that comprises PNL, UDMR and the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) or a monochrome PNL government backed by UNPR and UDMR are the working options to be considered after the stances of the other leaders are known.

“Talks about the future government will be conducted only if the motion of censure is successful,” Gorghiu explained, adding that the final option for the government formula will be presented by early October.

“If we wanted to create a government tomorrow we would have four-five persons to fill the government offices. The problem is not how many members that can become ministers we have, but the main problem we saw was the need for a governing programme, which we have. I hope the project will be implemented by a Liberal prime minister,” said Gorghiu.

She added that there will not be a meeting with interim national chairman of PSD Liviu Dragnea.

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