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June 28, 2022

PSD orders ‘Firea vs. Orban’ survey. Stake of negotiations with UNPR and ALDE allies

Social Democrat Party (PSD) leaders have stated that in early March they will announce the party’s candidates for the Bucharest City Hall and the mayoralties of Bucharest districts, however the situation is far from clear at the level of PSD and its allies, against the backdrop in which the results of a new survey ordered by the party are pending.

After PNL changed its candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, nominating Ludovic Orban, PSD leaders officially stated that this is a change to their advantage. PSD sources stated for Mediafax that the Liberals’ move might change the Social Democrats’ strategy.

At the latest PSD Standing National Bureau meeting, the party’s leaders decided to order a new survey meant to show what Gabriel Firea’s chances are in a confrontation with Ludovic Orban. Party sources have stated that if the survey does not show that PSD has chances to win then its candidate could be replaced.

During the same meeting last week, sociologist Marius Pieleanu took part in a series of talks with PSD leaders. Subsequently, he had private talks with PSD President Liviu Dragnea and Gabriela Firea, the main contender for the nomination.

When it comes to negotiations with their allies, Social Democrats have signed collaboration protocols with ALDE and UNPR, however the two political parties are not reaching consensus. In fact, ALDE Co-President Calin Popescu Tariceanu explained that his party is collaborating “only with PSD.”

In these conditions, PSD sources claim that it will be difficult for the three parties to reach consensus on endorsing a single candidate for the Bucharest City Hall. According to them, PSD would lean more toward ALDE’s support, since Tariceanu would give any candidate 12-14 per cent of added notoriety if he publicly endorses him.

ALDE would like to benefit from PSD’s support in Districts 1 and 4, this being Tariceanu’s condition in return for supporting a PSD candidate for the City Hall. In their turn, the Social Democrats asked Tariceanu to enter the race for District 1 or the Bucharest City Hall but he refused.

On the other hand, UNPR wants PSD’s support for District 2, incumbent District 2 Mayor Necular Ontanu being a member of UNPR. Meanwhile, UNPR is preparing its own candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, namely Senator Ilie Nastase.

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