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January 21, 2021
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PNL and PSD no longer want Tariceanu as Senate Speaker

After the Social Democrats expressed their discontent toward ALDE President Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s continued presence at the helm of the Senate, the Liberals announced on Monday, in their turn too, that they are looking for solutions in order to dismiss him.

PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Antena 3 that within his 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 have talks with the groups during 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.

On Monday, at the end of PNL’s National Bureau meeting, PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu announced that the Liberals will not “get nervous” in what concerns the dismissal of Tariceanu and will discuss within the party’s merger commission the option of replacing him at the helm of the Senate.

“There were talks, we were contacted by ALDE on all levels, Parliament colleagues. There is no kind of PNL plan to form an electoral, political alliance with this party. On the contrary, I will talk with our colleagues within the merger commission in order to see, from a procedural standpoint, despite the fact that we lack the votes, how we could think about replacing Senate Speaker Tariceanu, because I see that PSD keeps hesitating to do this, although they are the only ones that have the majority in the Senate and could do it unhesitatingly. Let’s see what Mr. Dragnea would do then,” Gorghiu stated.

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