UNPR seems caught in the middle between PNL and PSD in what concerns PNL’s announcement concerning the start of the process of revoking the Senate Speaker. UNPR President Valeriu Steriu stated on Wednesday that UNPR will decide whether they will back the undertaking or not.
“First of all, we will carry out an analysis of [his] activity, whether there were positive elements, negative elements over the last year, we will analyse the way Mr. Tariceanu started his term, when Parliament basically had a different configuration, at the time UNPR was not formed as a group, this happened in February this year, and we will probably have a decision by the end of the day,” Steriu said on RFI.
He pointed out that UNPR’s number of Senators (21) is insufficient to ensure a majority in order to finalise such an undertaking.
However, Steriu pointed out that “there are very many voices that are dissatisfied also with Tariceanu’s latest behaviour” and that consultations with PSD are up next. “We will consult with our existing partners, included in the protocol today, we have a centre-left alliance and we will discuss with PSD. Definitely, if they too rally around this undertaking the majority I was talking about earlier would be set up,” Steriu added.
Asked what exactly does UNPR reproach Calin Popescu Tariceanu with, Valeriu Steriu answered: “There are fairly numerous instances of backsliding lately, concerning the way in which the second man in the state should relate to what the judiciary, the Justice Ministry and other elements mean.”
PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu announced on Tuesday that the leaders of Liberal Senators were tasked with starting the collection of signatures in favour of replacing the Senate Speaker.
Calin Popescu Tariceanu: “I do not fear such undertakings”
Following the Liberals’ initiative to sack the Senate Speaker, Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated that he is not afraid and accused PNL of being far too similar to the former PDL.
“I do not fear such undertakings and the political approach I’ve had so far I will continue to have it in the future too. I believe this is for PNL an extremely relevant example of the way it thinks and does politics, a way that is obviously inspired, copied from the former PDL, which is increasingly manifesting as the leading force within the current PNL. They only confirm what I’ve said lately: PNL, the former historical party, has ended up being a kind of copy of the former PDL, with inspiration from the president that PDL had for a long time,” Tariceanu stated on Monday at the Palace of Parliament.
He added that PNL is “in an obvious loss of speed and is looking for a way out of this impasse.”
“From a legal and statutory point of view, if the undertaking they want to carry out meets the conditions, they have the whole right to do it in line with the laws and the Senate Statute currently in force. From a political standpoint, the approach of the elections is giving insomnia to everyone. PNL is in an obvious loss of speed, they have two leaders who in opinion polls total a fabulous approval rating ranging from 7 to 11 percent, and they are looking for a way out of this impasse. They consider that the office of Senate Speaker is the one that gave me the approval rating I currently have. (…) I believe what gave me a high approval rating from citizens had to do precisely with the problems, the topics I bring up for debate and that are connected to the preoccupations of this country’s citizens,” Tariceanu stated.
Orban invites Tariceanu to join PNL: I hope his errancy ends, maybe at the end of the sitting
Ludovic Orban, the National Liberal Party’s (PNL) candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, stated on Tuesday evening that PNL’s action to revoke Calin Popescu Tariceanu from the Senate Speaker office is a battle with PSD and told him to get over “this errancy” and to return among the Liberals at the end of Parliament’s sitting.
“I am disappointed with Mr. Tariceanu’s gesture of siding with PSD and the Ponta Government, back when PNL could no longer take the permanent humiliation PSD subjected it to and decided to join the opposition. Unfortunately for Mr. Tariceanu, at that moment he considered that he looks better by supporting Mr. Ponta. I hope this errancy will end sooner or later, and I believe that every Liberal’s place is within PNL. (…) Maybe when this sitting and all the turmoil and disputes that dictated Mr. Tariceanu’s political gesture end, maybe Mr. Tariceanu will remember that he was a PNL member for 25 years and that this errancy has to end,” Ludovic Orban stated for B1TV.
Asked whether he sees possible collaboration between ALDE and PNL in the parliamentary elections, the PNL MP said that this is not ruled out. “I rule out no option of collaborating with people who declare their affiliation to the Liberal doctrine, to Liberal values, and who respect the history of PNL,” Orban said.
He pointed out that he does not believe in UNPR’s support for PNL’s attempt to sack Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu.
“After the presidential elections, PNL established this political objective, which was no secret for anyone, political objective that has not been attained until today because Mr. Tariceanu was held in office, like a kind of PSD and UNPR puppet. In what concerns me, I’m telling you honestly that in this undertaking I don’t believe we can rely on what is left of UNPR, because it is far too closely linked to PSD,” Orban added.
The MP was asked whether PNL would continue its undertaking against Tariceanu if the latter were to distance himself from PSD and move closer to PNL, but Orban explained that this is unlikely at this moment.
“At this moment, as long as Mr. Tariceanu sits by the side of Dragnea, Ponta, Sova and all the constellation of PSD persons, obviously we cannot stop this undertaking (…) as long as he hopes that PSD will take him on its lists, in order to give him the possibility to obtain some MPs in the future Parliament, he will not have the strength to break away from PSD,” Orban concluded.
PNL has started the process of collecting signatures for the sacking of Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu, and PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu pointed out that the necessary signatures have already been collected.
“The votes necessary in order to start this procedure (replacing Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu) have already been collected. I believe there are already around 50 signatures, we need a third to be able to file the request at the Senate’s Bureau,” PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu stated.
She said that she expects UNPR to adopt a public position on Wednesday and that she stakes on UNPR’s support.
“We expect UNPR to have a public position tomorrow. We consulted Mr. Steriu, he will have a discussion and they will make their position public. I don’t want to jump the gun, but things are going in this direction. UNPR publicly claimed that replacing Mr. Tariceanu at the Senate is necessary. I don’t want to jump the gun, but I’m telling you that I stake on this tomorrow,” Gorghiu added.
She pointed out that she did not ask for signatures from UNPR, stating that the party’s leader is not in the country and the Liberals can wait until Monday.
The PNL Co-President said that the signatures of PSD are not necessary for this undertaking, but their votes are “welcome.”