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PNL signs collaboration protocol with PSRO. Are the Greens next?

National Liberal Party (PNL) Co-Presidents Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga and Social Romanian Party (PSRO) President Mircea Geoana (photo) did not attend the PNL-PSRO press conference. Lower Chamber lawmakers Mihai Voicu, Cezar Preda (PNL) and Florentin Gust (PSRO) attended the press conference instead. The presidents of the two parties had previously signed the collaboration protocol.
The goal of this alliance is to “isolate the evil coalition represented by Mr. Oprea, Mr. Dragnea and Mr. Basescu,” PSRO MP Florentin Gust stated.

In his turn, Mihai Voicu pointed out that this protocol stipulates “participation on own lists in these elections.”
“PSRO is an alternative to the current merry-go-round of traditional parties and we consider that given the fact that a veritable evil coalition has formed around PSD, its satellites and Traian Basescu, one that is trying to perpetuate the old political system, the old corrupt and Mafioso system, the old system that is trying to save its privileges and to derail the judiciary, we and those who believe these ideals of change and veritable transformation have the duty to create an even stronger alternative. That is why we are open to reaching governing agreements and post-election majority agreements with parties that want to share our credo and priorities. We are talking about PNL, maybe smaller-size parties, civic platforms, citizens that want to represent real change. Our decision is to enter post-electoral talks and a post-electoral political agreement with PNL. It is a step we have decided to take in the upcoming period,” Geoana stated at a press conference on Sunday.

Alina Gorghiu: “We are starting off from the idea of respecting transparency”

PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu stated on Monday that the protocol signed with PSRO seeks to form the majority within local and county councils after the local elections of June, pointing out that the Liberals want to sign such documents with the Green parties too.

“We start off from the idea of respecting transparency, because we could have talked with Mr. Geoana, with his party, without publicly revealing anything, considering that (…) we are talking about the coagulation of the majority in local and county councils,” Gorghiu said after the meeting of the National Standing Bureau (BPN), which decided the signing of the agreement with PSRO. One vote made the difference between those in favour and those opposing the signing of the agreement.

The PNL Co-President pointed out that the protocol with PSRO is signed by her, PNL Co-President Vasile Blaga and PSRO President Mircea Geoana. “This protocol is signed at the end of the BPN meeting as a result of our colleagues’ vote. Mr. Geoana went through the formalities within the leadership bodies yesterday,” Gorghiu explained.

She pointed out that the Liberals want to sign such protocols with the Green parties too. “We will make overtures, I have tasked several colleagues who will initiate talks with the Green current in Romania, for the same purpose. We will see to what extent this initiative will materialize,” Alina Gorghiu pointed out.

Vasile Blaga: “We will not form any electoral alliance”

In his turn, PNL Co-President Vasile Blaga pointed out that the protocol with PSRO does not aim for the forming of an alliance.
“We will not sign any electoral alliance. On the contrary, I see great haste on the other side, on the part of the former government alliance where electoral alliance protocols are being actually signed. I don’t see any haste, on the contrary,” Blaga said.

He claimed the protocol is mutually advantageous for PNL and PSRO. “We have a very, very simple post-elections protocol. We will take into account how many council members they have,” Vasile Blaga pointed out.

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