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April 13, 2021

PSD’s Dragnea on changes in local elections law: We disagree with this very dangerous precedent

National leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea said Friday in Brasov that PSD’s stance was and still is firm about attempts to change the local elections law, because the party does not agree with ‘such a very dangerous precedent being generated.”

“PSD, the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) have announced they disagree with the local elections law being modified; given the circumstances, I do not know if Mr Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos can still think about initiating an ordinance or bill for the change, given that a large majority in Parliament does not agree with the proposal. (…) Our position was ands stays firm on this case, because we do not want this very dangerous precedent to happen. I said it before and say it once again that we may find ourselves in a position where they would also like to change the general election law this September-October and from this year on anyone before the election day may try to change the election law to favour some or others,’ Dragnea said at the end of a convention of the PSD National Standing Bureau in Brasov.

He added that Ciolos has undertaken to held fair and balanced elections and he does not believe the prime minister will heed to changing the election legislation.

“Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, whom I still consider to be a man of his words, a serious man and of good faith, has officially undertaken for his Cabinet to hold free and balanced elections, a reason why I do not believe he will go on with the change,” said Dragnea.

The PSD national leader mentioned that he will support his party’s vision before Ciolos, if the prime minister decides to hold consultations to this end.

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