Ludovic Orban, the National Liberal Party’s (PNL) candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, stated on Saturday that after he wins the Bucharest City Hall he will lead Bucharest “as a woman would,” with love for fellow men, dedication and sensibility.
“I am in the race for the Bucharest City Hall. I want to assure you that after I win the Bucharest City Hall I will lead Bucharest as a woman would, with sensibility, generosity, dedication and love toward fellow men, and with compassion toward those who find themselves in unhappy situations. In my entire activity, and here I’d like to apologize to my wife and mother because I sometimes neglected them because of my public activity. In any office I held the interests of my fellow men came first,” Ludovic Orban said at the Liberal Women’s Gala on Saturday at the Athenaeum.
He emphasised that he always appreciated his collaboration with the representatives of the opposite gender.
“Alina Gorghiu asked me to support the ladies’ presence on 50 per cent of the General Council lists. For me this limit does not exist, if possible I will support more. I’m not doing this in an attempt to win your support. In truth, I’ve always worked very well with the women colleagues I’ve had. I was always pleased with the professional and administrative activity of the women I worked with. And during my political campaigns I mostly relied on the support of PNL women,” he added.
Gorghiu: We have a male candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, but one who loves women
PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu told the Liberal women that although the party is supporting a male candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, PNL will continue to fight for the introduction of gender quotas, assuring them that Ludovic Orban “loves women.”
“I made a great effort to be here today, I had to find a dress that fits and I had to wear high-heel shoes,” Alina Gorghiu told her party colleagues on Saturday, referring to the fact that she is pregnant.
“When we have gender quotas I too will have 30 per cent gentlemen at my parliamentary office,” she joked, arguing again in favour of the gender quota law.
“Even though we have a male candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, Ludovic Orban, you should know he loves women,” the PNL Co-President said, asking him for the lists to respect the principle of promoting women in politics, a principle Liberals endorse.
She emphasised that society and PNL need “renewal and a breath of fresh air,” and the gender quota balance means the maturing of Romanian society.
“We are not allowed to overlook an issue that threatens Romania’s decline – demography. 2016 means a population Romania had back in 1996,” Gorghiu warned.
Blaga: I support women on at least 30 per cent of the lists
PNL Co-President Vasile Blaga stated on Saturday at the Liberal Women’s Gala that he expresses his support for at least 30 per cent of the electoral lists to have female party members on them, and asked the latter to get more involved in politics.
“Our male candidates need you in this whole electoral battle in order to get as close to the citizens as possible. Of course, many of you are running too, not as many as we would like. I too have supported and support at least 30 per cent of the lists bearing the names of our women colleagues and I want one thing: get involved and have courage. You should know that nothing comes free. I wish you a lot of success, because I am convinced the local public administration and the Romanian Parliament will look different starting with this electoral year,” Blaga pointed out.
He also told his Liberal colleagues that they will have a decisive contribution to winning this year’s elections, pointing out that “PNL women will make the difference compared to PSD.”
“A very difficult period is up next, an electoral year with two difficult battles – local and parliamentary elections – and I am relying on you a lot and I am sure you will have a decisive contribution to us winning these elections. I believe PNL women will make the difference compared to PSD, but also compared to all campaigns so far. And I’m not saying this to flatter you, I’m saying it relying on facts. Because the facts of 2016, for whoever wants to see them, show that Romanian men and women are far more preoccupied with the quality of their lives and more vocal and demanding toward those who are responsible for these things. And this is the fundamental difference between the local elections of 2016 and those before,” the PNL Co-President said.
Blaga added that the major stake of the local elections will be for PNL to give people “credible and convincing answers.”
“The presence of more women in high-level politics is an extra chance to humanize politics, and you have the most important task in transmitting these data to our electorate,” Blaga said.