The National Liberal Party’s (PNL) leadership has validated Ludovic Orban’s candidacy for the Bucharest City Hall. Following his validation within PNL’s National Standing Bureau (BPN), Ludovic Orban stated that he has the “honour” of being at the helm of the Liberals’ team, stating that it is time for Romania to have “the capital it deserves.”
“I have waited for this moment with excitement. PNL is starting today a race to convince Bucharesters that its offer is the correct alternative. We are offering Bucharest an honest, professional, generous administration. (…) I am prepared, I am determined, I have the experience needed to be a winner,” Ludovic Orban, PNL’s candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, stated for Mediafax.
He claimed that this is “the time for action, not words.”
“In November 2014, Romanians voted for a cleaner, more honest, more united, and more developed Romania, a Romania more generous with each of its citizens. It is time for this Romania to have the capital it deserves. It is time for Bucharesters to say back to square one. I, Ludovic Orban, am asking the people of Bucharest to choose the PNL team in order for us to jointly start building a Bucharest in which everyone feels at home,” Orban stated, announcing that later this week he will also hold a press conference in which he will answer all questions, Agerpres informs.
The BPN decision comes after last week PNL proposed Ludovic Orban as its candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, replacing MEP Cristian Busoi. Ludovic Orban will reveal his campaign team, a team that will include specialists, a spokesperson and a chief of campaign.
Ludovic Orban was born on 25 May 1963 in Brasov, into a multiethnic family. His father was ethnic Hungarian and his mother ethnic Romanian. He is the younger brother of Leonard Orban, former European commissioner for multilingualism and former minister.
Following the merger between PL’93 and PNL, Ludovic Orban became member of PNL’s National Council (April 1998), member of PNL’s Central Standing Bureau (15 February 2001 – 25 August 2002), President of PNL’s Public Administration Commission (15 November 2002) and President of PNL Bucharest (15 November 2002).
Ludovic Orban was Bucharest Deputy Mayor (July 2004 – April 2007). Following the government reshuffle of 5 April 2007, he was appointed Transport Minister within the Tariceanu Government, an office he held until that government finished its tenure on 22 December 2008.
He was elected PNL First Vice President at PNL’s Extraordinary Congress on March 20-21, 2009.