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PSD’s Dragnea open to negotiations on new prime minister

Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD), voiced his openness to talks with President Klaus Iohannis on any matter, including the replacement of incumbent Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

“We will honour any invitation of the President of Romania to the PSD. Any invitation, on any topic,” Dragnea said Sunday night, after his party’s congress.

Pressed by attending media to specify whether this also applies to a new premier, he reasserted: “If the President of Romania, elected by more than six million Romanians, invites the PSD, this invitation will be honoured for any kind of talk. We cannot afford to reject an invitation to dialogue. I am calling for a dialogue for nearly one month now. Of course we will participate in any kind of talks.”

Dragnea underscored that the PSD cannot invite the president: “Normally, the civilized thing would be that invitation come from there [the Presidency]. I really cannot do anything more than public invitations.”


Deputies’ speaker Zgonea executive chair, three ministers among Social Democrat Party VPs

The ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) elected its new leadership in the Congress held Sunday.

Chamber of Deputies Speaker Valeriu Zgonea is the new executive chairman.

The 10 vice chair positions for men went – in the order of the number of votes – to Andrei Dolineaschi (deputy, incumbent secretary general of the PSD), Victor Negrescu (member of the European Parliament), Georgian Pop (deputy, chairman of the Chamber’s committee for the control of the Romanian Intelligence service), Ionut Vulpescu (culture minister), Nicolae Banicioiu (health care minister), Mihai Tudose (economy minister), Stefan Viorel (deputy, chair of the budget and finance committee), Gheorghe Simon (deputy), Gabriel Vlase (deputy, chair of the electoral code committee) and Mihai Chirica (Iasi deputy mayor).

The four women vice chairs, running on a separate list, were Senator Gabriela Firea, Craiova Mayor Olguta Vasilescu, former education minister Ecaterina Andronescu, and Doina Pana of the Bistrita County Women’s Organization of the PSD.

The Congress also validated the election of party chairman Liviu Dragnea by the October 11 internal poll of the party, open to all members.

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