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January 27, 2022

PNL’s Gorghiu: National Liberal Party wants snap elections through political agreement

The National Liberal Party (PNL) proposes the organization of snap elections following the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, said, on Wednesday, PNL co-chair Alina Gorghiu.

“PNL understood very well the protests last night (…) it is [e.n. – the protest] against negligence, arrogance, corruption in administration. (…) It is categorically a powerful warning that Romanian citizens, the civil society in Romania gives to the political class, to society in its entirety. It is no surprise for anyone that today PNL requests snap elections. We have requested this since January 2015. (…) We believe today the most reasonable and most balanced thing and which comes to meet the requests of the civil society is none other than the solution of snap elections through a political agreement. I hope that in the final hour we will have responsible parliamentary party leaders that will understand how important it is at this moment not to ignore or pretend we don’t understand what the requests of those who protested were,” said Gorghiu in a press conference.

She mentioned that this is the mandate with which PNL will go to the consultations with the head of state, and “if there is goodwill and a little respect towards citizens” this crisis will be resolved through a political agreement.

“Neither I, nor Vasile Blaga, nor our colleagues, nor other leaders in Parliament or in Government, are allowed to remain indifferent to public opinion. (…) We will make the first step and we will initiate dialogue with the political party leaders to see if this option can take shape (…) in accordance with the demands of Romanian society at the moment,” Gorghiu added.

Responding to a remark of a journalist noting that the protesters requested the entire political class take a step back, the PNL co-chair stated that the proposal of the party she is leading, namely snap elections, means exactly this.

“Exactly the option that the PNL proposes today for discussion is this step back because snap elections mean, in fact, a new Parliament that has the legitimacy of the people’s vote, including of those who have protested last night, but not only. There is a need for a fresh start in Romanian politics, we will also be very careful, in case of snap elections, to what the parliamentary lists imply, but all these discussions are premature,” Alina Gorghiu said.

The Liberal leader added that all the leaders of parliamentary parties will be called for negotiations on the topic of the PNL proposal.

“We will call Mr. Dragnea, we will call Mr. Tariceanu, we will call them all and tell them what our point of view is and I hope we will find openness towards a formula that (…) would mean a new Parliament legitimated by people’s vote,” Gorghiu declared.

PSD’s Dragnea: We disagree with snap elections

The Social Democratic Party (PSD), major at rule, disagrees with the proposal of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) for a snap elections following the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, PSD national leader Liviu Dragnea said Wednesday at the Parliament House.

Speaker Tariceanu: Current majority stays on, we might still carry through mandate received in 2012

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu considers that a political solution could be found to govern Romania as per the mandate received from the citizens in the 2012 elections.

“Following the tragedy occurred this weekend, the Premier understood that the most adequate gesture is to assume responsibility at top level, and consequently resigned; together with my colleagues, members of the coalition, we acknowledged today his move. The Premier informed us directly on his decision, and this of course sets the premises in place to restart the situation at the Government. The current majority stays on, so there is the possibility to find a political solution to rule Romania according to the mandate received from the citizens in 2012, carry through the mandate entrusted to us by the citizens based on the results we had so far,” Tariceanu said on Wednesday in Parliament, after the sitting of the ruling coalition.

He underscored however that it is President Iohannis’ role to find if a certain majority exists to give the Prime Minister.

“From now on, it is the role of the President, according to his constitutional responsibilities and his political role, to start consultations with the parliamentary political parties and acknowledge a particular majority capable of giving a Prime Minister; I would suggest that we as soon as possible put an end to this situation which is a situation of major political crisis,” Tariceanu added.

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