The ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) is holding on Sunday an extraordinary congress that is to elect its new Permanent National Bureau and will also validate Liviu Dragnea as party chairman, following his overwhelming victory with 97 percent of the votes in the party’s nationwide internal ballot a week before.
The delegates to the congress will have to make their choice from the 15 candidates running for the 10 positions of vice-chair reserved to men, and to put their checkmark on four of the six female candidates in the race for the positions reserved to women. The male contenders list is as follows: Andrei Dolineaschi, Mihai Tudose, Victor Negrescu, Georgian Pop, Mihai Fifor, Gabriel Vlase, Ioan Vulpescu, Gheorghe Simon, Mihai Chirica, Viorel Stefan, Nicolae Banicioiu, Mihai Sturzu, Constantin Nita, Marian Catalin Radulescu, Marius Adrian Dobre.
The female candidates are Gabriela Firea, Doina Pana, Aurelia Fedorca, Lia Olguta Vasilescu, Gabriela Cretu, Ecaterina Andronescu.
Chamber of Deputies Speaker Valeriu Zgonea and former Economy minister Constantin Nita are running for the executive chairmanship, and freshly elected party chairman Liviu Dragnea announced on several occasions that he will support Zgonea for this position.
Dragnea also announced on Friday that some changes were operated in the PSD statutes at the National Executive Committee meeting, which will be subjected to Congress validation.
“Some changes were operated on the statutes. There will be a different number of vice-chairpersons. The Standing National Bureau consists of those who are elected in the congress, specifically the chair, executive chairs, whereas the Prime Minister, the president of the National Council, the presidents of the youth, women, pensioners organizations, the party’s Secretary general and regional secretaries participate in the Standing National Bureau with voting right,” said Dragnea.
He explained that, just as by now, there will be eight regional secretaries, one for each development region, but that the National Council will have different responsibilities. The Council “will no longer be, as by now, a structure made up of about 1,200 delegates who were called upon once a year to listen to some speeches and possibly adopt some resolutions. It will become a specialized structure of the party, made up of all the formation’s parliamentarians, County Council presidents or vice presidents – where the position of president is vacant – municipality and city mayors, three representatives of the commune mayors in each county, and the party’s specialized departments will report to them,” said the PSD chairman, according to Agerpres.