More than 5000 delegates on Saturday in Bucharest approved the establishment of the People’s Movement (PM) political formation and validated its statute in the presence of Romania’s former President Traian Basescu who was unanimously elected in the party’s national leader office. Basescu ran on a platform called “My Romania”.
He thanked his voters and added that Romania’s modernisation has to continue.
“I can assure you that I have the stamina and wish to continue together with you the modernisation of Romania. I have one suggestion to those who used to be with me at one time and still feel like joining me: do not hesitate and come to the People’s Movement,” the newly elected national leader of People’s Movement said.
Running on the ‘My Romania’ platform led by Basescu were also Eugen Tomac, who became the executive chairman; Cristian Diaconescu and Siegfrid Muresan, deputy vice chairs, and Dorel Constantin Onaca, secretary general. The new organisation will also have two deputy secretaries general, Rizia Tudorache and Stefan Burlacu.
Also elected to the leadership of the People’s Movement were 14 deputy chairs: Petru Movila, Claudiu Palaz, Roxana Iliescu, Adrian Gurzau, Clement Negrut, Nicolae Davitoiu, Cristian Petrescu, Catalin Cristache, Catalina Bozianu, Victor Tarhon, Adrian Radulescu, Cristinel Marian, Mihaela Stoica and Radu Cristescu.
The central leadership of MP includes 12 executive secretaries: Bulf Catalin, Laurentiu Dulama, Mihaela Brate, Ionut Simionca, Costel Mihai, Dan Ionita, Sebastian Moise, Mihai Tabuleac, Mirea Marian, Gelu Visan, Lucian Iliescu, Bogdan Gamalet.
Bascesu announced that the next convention of the PM’s Congress will be held six months after the 2016 general election, according to the MP’s statutes.
At the end of Saturday’s convention, PM Secretary General Dorel Onaca said the new anthem of PM is “Iarba verde de acasa” (The Green Grass of Home) by Mircea Rusu Band.
On October 10, the next day after joining the People’s Movement Party (PMP), former President Traian Basescu told a convention of the PMP National College at Sinaia that he does not like the party’s PMP name and suggested chanting it to People’s Movement.
”We are preparing a meeting of the Congress, which is important; it has to be a convention to relaunch the party and its significance should be given by a change in the party’s name. I personally do not like PMP, I say it should be the People’s Party without the front P,’ Basescu said back then.
Basescu: I want us to continue what was left unfinished in my 10-year term in office
Freshly elected national leader of the People’s Movement (MP) Traian Basescu told the constitutional convention of the People’s Party that he decided to take up again the leadership of a political organisation so that he may share his experience from holding offices and also to continue what was left unfinished during his 10-year term in office as Romania’s president.
“This is a political organisation created for Romanians (…) I had many hesitations before deciding to lead platform for the chairmanship of the party. In the end, I decided to do it, although I must confess that there is nothing left for me to experiment in politics (…) When I decided to lead the platform I did so after days of talks with the People’s Movement Party, and especially after talks with my wife and daughters.(….) I had a hard time convincing them, but I did it eventually. (…) I want you to understand that this may be for the first time in Romania when a political platform is led by someone who no longer wants anything for him [in politicos]. There is nothing I have to reach out to, but I want us to lead this party in order to continue what was left unfinished in the 10 years I was Romania’s President,” Basescu said in a speech prior to the vote on the PM leadership.
He added that his two suspensions from office were no coincidence, adding that, as he said at the end of his term he brought the system to its knees but he did not defeat it for good. “And I feel it my honour duty to stay with a party until the old organisations no longer influence economic life, social life, political life, and, more importantly, the political decisions,” said Basescu.
He argued that the state institutions are far from living up to the Romanian people’s standards. ”As a man who has seen from an elevation that allows to equally see the nation and the state institutions, I can tell you with certainty that the state institutions are far from living up to the Romanian people’s standards. We have to solve this together. It is a minus of my 10 years in office. The institutions are still below the aspirations, determination and capacity of the Romanian nation to be a European nation. The institutions have to get to the levels of the people,” Romania’s former president said.
He added that modernisation is still needed for the Romanian state.
“I believe that, as it looks now, the existing parties have fulfilled their historical mission and achieved two foreign policy fundamental objectives and a fundamental domestic policy objective. About the domestic policy objective: we have the institution specific of a democracy. What bothers us is that they do not operate as they should in a democracy. As for the foreign policy objectives the two fundamental ones – accession to NATO and accession to the EU – were achieved with the existing parties (…) There was no party hostile to Romania joining NATO as there was no hostile party to accession to the EU either, but the time has come for changes in the political class as well. You may find it amusing that one of the most experienced politicians of transition comes to say this is the time for a change. It may be a paradox, yet at the same time there is an explanation: the explanation is that it would be a shame for me, with the experience I gained in the highest offices of the Romanian state, not to share it, not to bequeath it to those who come after me,” added Basescu.
He mentioned infrastructure, education, healthcare, the armed forces, agriculture, national security and strengthening relations with Romanian nationals overseas among the priorities he says should be considered for the continual development of Romania.