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April 18, 2021

Liviu Dragnea: PSD is the only party that hasn’t tricked us

Social Democrat Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea stated on Sunday, when asked about his party’s alliance policy, that PSD is about to decide what to do, bearing in mind that throughout time the Social Democrats “piggybacked” many parties that then suddenly became independent, PSD being “tricked.”

Dragnea made the statements on Antena 3, when asked if he could form an alliance with the Popular Movement too. The PSD leader stated that “it is difficult” to collaborate with Traian Basescu and he does not want that. In what concerns the rest of the parties and PSD’s general electoral alliance policy, Dragnea stated that the Social Democrats are about to discuss this but they will pay close attention to past experiences.

“What I can tell you with certainty is that PSD is the only party that hasn’t tricked us. So far we’ve had many experiences, we’ve piggybacked a lot of parties, we have taken on the lists a great number of parties and after they ended up in Parliament or in local and county councils they suddenly became independent,” Dragnea said.

Nevertheless, the PSD leader pointed out he would like to be able to form majorities within local and county councils with the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) after the elections, however he made no comments about an electoral collaboration with Gabriel Oprea’s party, pointing out that all decisions will be taken at the end of January.

Most PSD branches do not want to run alongside UNPR in local and parliamentary elections, one reason being UNPR’s bad PR but also the results of some surveys which show that PSD can win more votes by running on its own, according to Social-Democrat sources.

PSD Senators dissatisfied Tariceanu allegedly engages in “covert” negotiations with PNL

At the same time, Dragnea stated on Antena 3 that within the party there is discontent channelled toward Calin Popescu Tariceanu, some colleagues complaining that he is allegedly engaged in “covert” negotiations with the National Liberal Party (PNL) and his situation at the helm of the Senate will be discussed by PSD at the end of January.

Asked to comment the reasons why PSD wants to replace Tariceanu, Dragnea denied there are any talks on “disembarking” the Speaker of the Senate, however he admitted there is some discontent.

“Toward the end of the parliamentary session there was some nervousness within PSD’s group in the Senate, because of Mr. Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s statements and attitude. We will talk with the groups in the last week of January and we will discuss this too. (…) My colleagues were saying there are some ALDE members, maybe even he, who are negotiating covertly or unofficially with PNL. (…) On one hand, they are negotiating with PNL and on the other hand they are criticizing the Government and PNL and acting as if they are the only ones in opposition and that has inconvenienced a lot,” the PSD leader added.

Dragnea stated PSD gave Tariceanu the second-highest position in the Romanian state, that of Speaker of the Senate, and warned that he holds that office mainly thanks to PSD’s and UNPR’s votes. Nevertheless, he refused making a trenchant statement about the dismissal plans.

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