The Head of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, declared on Tuesday, for Romania TV, that Social Democrats will not belong to a Government that does not grant them the position of Prime Minister, explaining that having experienced the coalition with PDL under Emil Boc was enough.
Liviu Dragnea ruled out the possibility that PSD would not give the Prime Minister. Asked whether Gabriel Oprea could be a good Prime Minister, the interim leader of PSD declared that he could, yet, PSD would not stay in a Government where the Prime Minister is not granted by PSD.
“PSD will not join a Government where the Prime Minister is not a PSD member. It is the greatest party in Romania, it cannot afford being in a Government where the Prime Minister is not from PSD. It is the greatest party in Romania, it cannot afford being in a Government that does not have the final decision, but it has the highest costs”, Dragnea declared for Romania TV.
The interim Head of PSD mentioned that there was no reason to change Prime Minister Victor Ponta, under the circumstances that we have a “good Government with efficient and positive results that can be felt in the quality of life”.
“The present Government is a good and efficient Government, we have no alternative to the present Government and we want to keep it. Victor Ponta is an efficient Government and PSD has no reason to withdraw his political support”, Liviu Dragnea pointed out.
Moreover, the interim President of PSD revealed when he had last discussed with President Klaus Iohannis: “When we attended a few meetings with parties, when PSD delegation visited at the beginning of the year”. At these meetings, Liviu Dragnea stated that the topic of changing the Prime Minister was not approached.
About the possibility to become Prime Minister “Not now!”
The interim Head of PSD, Liviu Dragnea, also declared on Tuesday for Romania TV that he did not wish to become Prime Minister.
Liviu Dragnea mentioned that, until the end of 2016, he was “almost exclusively interested in the position of PSD President”.
Asked whether he wanted to be Prime Minister starting in 2016, Liviu Dragnea mentioned: “I do not know, let us get there. I want to be one of those people, who would gather, along with others, around the table, and build a plan for 25 years”.
“Do you know what I wish for? I want to succeed, until the end of 2016, to make PSD be perceived as a party with a different political approach, that could create a new generation of leaders that could overtake the political cycle starting in 2017, to become the motor of change and progress in Romania. And this is why I am interested almost exclusively in the position of PSD President which I can manage very well until the end of 2016, with the two series of local and general elections we had won”, Liviu Dragnea mentioned for Romania TV.
PSD leader Liviu Dragnea also declared he had a good relationship with Victor Ponta, whom he supported as Prime Minister. Nonetheless, Dragnea admitted having been angry with Ponta, after he resigned as leader of the party.
“An attendance in elections of PSD-UNPR on common lists may be a good solution”
The Social-Democrat leader leader considers that, in perspective of the electoral year, an attendance in elections of PSD-UNPR on common lists may be a good solution, because “it is important that the left wing would be well contoured” and mentioned that negotiations were to start after PSD Congress.
Liviu Dragnea was asked whether PSD would attend the elections of 2016 on its own or besides UNPR.
“We have a fair relation with UNPR, UNPR is a trustworthy partner, they are serious people, who keep their promises. I have made public statements pointing out that the centre – left alliance of PSD-UNPR, founded earlier, needed to become much more important and to be much more present”, the interim President of PSD declared.
He added that negotiations on this topic were to take place after the PSD Congress on this topic.
“I think that, until December 1, we will have enough time to decide and to negotiate. After the Congress, we will have these negotiations”, Dragnea declared.
“I think that an attendance of PSD – UNPR on common lists may be a good solution, because it is important for Romania that the left wing would be well contoured and, as both parties are left winged, I think it would benefit the political health of this country”, Liviu Dragnea mentioned.