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April 21, 2021

People’s Movement Party elects former President Traian Basescu as chairman

An extraordinary congress of the People’s Movement Party (PMP) on Sunday elected former Romanian President Traian Basescu as party chairman, in a unanimous vote.

The congress also elected the new leadership of the party – executive chairman Eugen Tomac, secretary general Dorel Onaca, two vice chairpersons and other executives in the PMP’s Censors Committee, Arbitration and Integrity Committee, and National Executive Committee.

Basescu joined the PMP on 9 October 2015 and failed to change the party’s name to merely the Popular Movement, after a final court decision to this effect this March 18.

The Congress meeting on setting up the People’s Movement as a political party was held on 24 October 2015; 5,000 voted Traian Basescu as party president.

Immediately after the Bucharest Court of Appeals dismissed his request for registering the People’s Movement (MP) in the registry of political parties, Traian Basescu announced that he will file a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for “the state’s abusive involvement in the registration of a party,” stating that the Court of Appeals decision is contrary to the ECHR decisions which recommend minimal involvement from the state in the approval of associative structures.

“I can tell you that we will definitely file a complaint at ECHR for the state’s abusive involvement in a party’s registration. In a country in which two or three parties are registered every day, I don’t think it is by chance that MP was precisely the party for which prosecutors fought, using the state’s entire strength, in order not to have it registered. (…) It is for the first time when a prosecutor is using the state’s entire strength against a party’s registration. It is, if you want, also contrary to ECHR decisions that recommend minimal state involvement in the approval of associative structures such as parties,” PMP President Traian Basescu said.

Traian Basescu stated that the prosecutor handling the case at the Bucharest Court really wanted to show that in Romania “the state is not a state.”

“The case prosecutor from the Bucharest Court really wanted to show that in Romania the state is not a state and some of the judges took that point of view into account, as a result the party’s registration was rejected,” Traian Basescu added back then.



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