The ex-Mayor of the city of Ramnicu Valcea, Mircia Gutau, convicted of corruption twice, joined PNL Wednesday evening and will be that party’s candidate for the office of mayor in the 2016 election.
‘I thank my Liberal colleagues for the trust they game me tonight. Together, we will win both the Ramnicu Valcea and the County Council next year. We are getting to work as of today’, Mircia Gutau said, according to Agerpres.
A total of 21 members present during the meeting of the County Executive Committee voted for accepting Gutau into the party and two abstained, the source notes.
On Thursday, the admission of Mircia Gutau into PNL will be validated by the county leadership and, on 13 November, when the two co-presidents of PNL, Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga, visit the city, the decision will already have been made, ‘Vocea Valcii’ informs.
Over a month ago, the President of PNL Valcea, Cristian Buican, told a press conference that the former Mayor of the city, Mircia Gutau, might be PNL’s candidate for mayor of Ramnicu Valcea if he had the best standing in the opinion polls, according to ziare.com.
‘Our objective for 2016, for the local election, is a daring one – we want to win the mayoralty of the city of Ramnicu Valcea, the majority on the county council, so that we can also appoint the president of the council, plus another 50 municipalities out of the 89 that exist in Valcea County. The criteria for the selection of candidates for the offices of councillor will be 30% based on the financial contribution. The rest will be professionalism and skills. For Ramnicu Valcea we will have an opinion poll the results of which will say who the PNL candidate for mayor will be. And that will obviously be he candidate who will win the election’, Buican said. He added that ‘in a percentage of 99.99% that will be the proposal made to the National Political Bureau’, if Gutau comes first in the internal polls, according to ‘Evenimentul Zilei’.
Mircia Gutau served two terms as the Mayor of Ramnicu Valcea. In 2010 he was convicted and sentences to three years and six months in orison after taking a bribe of 50,000 from a businessman in exchange for issuing an urbanism certificate.
As soon as he had been conditionally released from orison, in 2011, Gutau joined UNPR.
In June 2014, he was convicted by the Craiova Court of Appeal and sentenced to two years and six months of imprisonment still for corruption. The two sentences were, however, combined and this time the former mayor was not incarcerated.
The Court also suspended his right of being elected to public office for a period of two years after serving the main sentence. The two-year interdiction expires before the date of the 2016 local election.