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May 15, 2021

Foundations, the path of dissidents in politics

After struggles with party leaders, publicly expressed discontentment, expulsions or resignations, the next step for dissidents of political parties is creating a foundation that would soon turn into a party. This is the path undergone by notorious dissidents from PSD, PNL and PDL, as shown by an analysis published by Digi24.

The path was opened by former President Traian Basescu with his Popular Movement. A highly special case is former Prime Minister Victor Ponta. Even if he has not had an official argument with anyone, the former President of PSD is awaiting for Judges’ approval to create his foundation.

Black Sea Regional Cooperation Projects 2020, the association initiated by Victor Ponta, intends to get Romania involved in international projects. There would be no political objectives, promises Daniel Constantin, co-chair of ALDE and soon-to-be Vice-President of the foundation.

“This foundation has no political objectives. I think that Mr. Ponta’s idea is a generous one and I think that we can explore to a greater extent Romania’s potential in all fields of activity”, Daniel Constantin declared.
After rumours spread alleging that Liviu Dragnea forbade Social-Democrats to join this foundation, the leader of PSD stated that the situation was different.

“There are Social-Democrats who have joined this foundation. As a joke: we support civil society. Why would we oppoae a foundation. If they had a position of executive president in that foundation, I might join them, too”, Liviu Dragnea declared on his turn.

Mircea Geoana and Marian Vanghelie were expelled from PSD after presidential elections of 2014. The two former Social-Democrat leaders created the platform “Our Romania” which became the Social Romanian Party afterwards.

PNL has had its own dissidents, too. Senate chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu created the Group of Initiative for Preserving Liberal Identity. And the list of reasons is long. It only took a month until the organization turned into the Liberal Reformative Party.

“If you allow me, it has appeared as a warning signal for the slides registered by PNL at this point. I am referring to statute violations, as well as to the decision concerning the merger with the Democrat Liberal Party and I am referring to them leaving the family of European Liberals”, declared Calin Popescu Tariceanu, co-chair of ALDE.

The one who initiated this “trend” on the Romanian political scene was ex-President Traian Basescu.

“So long, Democrat Party! Today, we have split. I will devote myself to building another right wing solution”, Traian Basescu had declared at the time he was leaving the Democrat Party (PD).

The Popular Movement Foundation became a party at the beginning of the year 2014. And Traian Basescu became its chairman in 2015.

“The foundation has given premature birth to a child, indeed: the Popular Movement Party, but as you know very well, premature children are highly intelligent”, the ex-President of Romania declared.

Shortly after being founded, these groups managed to persuade members of the Parliament to join them, and some of them even managed to get inside the Government, as did Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s party, in an alliance with the Conservative Party (PC), notes the analysis of this topic, published by Digi 24.

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