POLITICS

Avalanche of three-member political parties

Immediately after the law that allows a political party to be established based on just three signatures, Romanians have rediscovered their taste for politics. That is why dozens of parties with less usual names and with strategies as varied as possible have appeared overnight in most counties, Digi24 shows.

“Integrity is the biggest law and prosperity. We explain to the citizen [in] simple words, prosperity means integrity, plus the right man at the right place, namely two basic principles,” the founding members of the Integrity and Prosperity Party say.

The Mayor of Popesti, Bihor County, has already taken the helm of the new party. The party already has a logo, depicting a laptop and a flag. Moreover, its founders have already started working on a party anthem.

And the list of parties established overnight continues. Last year alone, the Bucharest Court made 34 rulings on the setting up of parties. Iasi County had the most requests (five). Only two of them were approved by court.

Two parties were created in Bucharest and in Arges County too. One party appeared in Bihor, Botosani, Galati, Ilfov, Mures and Vrancea counties.

All these parties are established locally, and most of the founders do not plan to expand nationwide. The list of new parties includes the Botosanenilor Party, Our Vrancea Party, Getodacia Party, Iasi Society’s Party, Galatenilor Party and Freemen’s Party. Its founder wants to make sure citizens’ interests are properly represented within the Local Council.

“Only in this way can we take our projects to the local council and democratically put them up for voting and see which one of them deserves being pushed and which doesn’t,” Catalin Herghes, founding member of the Freemen’s Party stated for a local television station in Targu-Mures.

Theoretically, all these parties will enter the local elections race on June 5. In the race for the Bucharest City Hall, the only party of this type credited with some chances is the Save Bucharest Union, led by Nicusor Dan, a character already known by Bucharesters.

“If a single candidate from such a local party wins against the large parties, the parliamentary parties, it will mean the law is efficient after all. Where majorities are hanging by a thread, having a one-vote or two-vote edge, sometime these people could make the difference somehow and could play a key role,” said Adrian Moraru, director of the Institute for Public Policies.

Dozens of other parties are waiting for the courts’ green light. Among them, the Colectiv Party, the New Romanian Communist Party, but also the New World Order of the Alpha and Omega Master Party.

The party law was modified in May 2015 to allow the setting up of a political party with just three founding members, in contrast to the 25,000 required previously.

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