National Liberal Party (PNL) Honorary President Mircea Ionescu Quintus sent the message to Calin Popescu Tariceanu, on Sunday, that “if a honorable person” and a “true Liberal” would ask for his resignation, he would think about it, but until then, “he will take care of his duties which he fulfills for more than 70 years in PNL”.
“I’ve seen in the newspapers that my distinguished former colleague and ex-chair of the National Liberal Party, I will not say his name, asked my honor resignation. If an honorable person would ask me to resign, I would think about it. But until then, I take care of my duties which I fulfill for more than 70 years inside the National Liberal Party, which I didn’t leave not even when I was death threatened or jailed. If a true Liberal would ask for my resignation, I would think about it. Until then, let’s mind our own business and let each of us sit where he thinks he belongs and where he is interested to stay”, stated Mircea Ionescu Quintus, according to a post on PNL Facebook page.
The ALDE leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Friday that the nomination of Marian Munteanu as a candidate for the Bucharest City Hall is a “stupidity from the PNL’s side”, which can be countered only if the Honorary President Mircea Ionescu Quintus will use his moral and political veto, or if he will resign.
“I think the only possibility to counter this stupidity of PNL, made by the PNL leadership from today, to nominate such a candidate, is for the Honorary President Mircea Ionescu Quintus to use his moral and political veto in opposition with this decision. The other option is for him to resign from his position of the President of PNL, if he stays loyal to the Liberal ideals he has in his youth, and which lead him until today”, stated Calin Popescu Tariceanu.
As a former Liberal, Tariceanu feels offended by the PNL’s decision regarding the candidate for the Bucharest City Hall
The Alliance of the Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Co-Chair Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Saturday, at Braşov, that he is one of the people feeling offended by the decision of the National Liberal Party regarding the candidate for the Bucharest City Hall.
“Today, I am one of the people feeling, offended by the PNL’s decision, namely to nominate a neo-legionary candidate for the Bucharest City Hall. The PNL I was a part of and in which I activated for 25 years, has in its DNA, so to speak, a strong mark of the anti-totalitarian and anti-legionary attitude that existed before the World War II. In Romania, the Legionary trend was only a national expression of the Nazi tendencies which influenced the entire pre-war Europe; the Legionary people had the objective to destroy the parliamentary system and to establish a totalitarian regime. (…) PNL was a party which paid a heavy toll, making sacrifices. (…) There were a series of attempts to resurrect these trends in Romania after 1990, and Marian Munteanu, the PNL candidate to the Bucharest City Hall, remarked himself among others”, Tariceanu said.
He wished to draw the attention of the PNL supporters and also of the members of the party, as well as of the right-center electorate, asking them to “deeply reflect” to the candidacy for the Bucharest City Hall.
“We cannot accept this kind of confusions to exist, and ALDE cannot make any compromise in this matter when we talk about totalitarian trends, anti-Semitism, intolerance or xenophobia”, stated Tariceanu.