Social Democrat Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea stated that he has “civilised relations” with Premier Dacian Ciolos but very poor relations with the Government he leads, Agerpres informs.
He claimed that the Government did not manage “to rise above parties” and moved closer to the National Liberal Party.
“I have civilised relations with Dacian Ciolos. We have known each other for several years, ever since I was Deputy Premier. He was [EU] Commissioner. I have very poor relations with the Ciolos Government,” Liviu Dragnea stated on B1TV.
The Social Democrats’ leader said that several members of the Government led by Dacian Ciolos “are in talks” with PNL in view of this year’s parliamentary elections. “Plenty of ministers are engaged in permanent talks with the National Liberal Party in order to find room on the party’s lists in the autumn,” Dragnea pointed out, adding that the Social Democrats are backing the Government in order to avoid a political crisis.
Why Liviu Dragnea remained at PSD’s helm
Liviu Dragnea added on Tuesday that his first impulse after finding out he had been sentenced to two years in prison, suspended sentence, in the Referendum Case, was to vacate the party’s leadership position, but he did not take that step in order to prevent the political party from entering a tailspin.
“My first impulse was to leave. After three and a half years in which those institutions made my life a living hell, and because of an unfair court sentence, my first intention was to leave when I saw the court’s decision. My decision not to leave that day was motivated by the desire to prevent PSD from entering dissolution.”
“A PSD in dissolution could have moved in any direction. Had I left, a struggle for power would have started, as happens in any party. Coming during an elections campaign, that would have meant PSD losing these elections,” he explained on B1TV, being quoted by Agerpres.
Asked when he will step down from his party office, Dragnea replied: “That is for the party to decide.”
Is Ponta returning at PSD’s helm?
With the rumour flying around that ex-premier Victor Ponta could return at the forefront of the political scene and could even become PSD President again, PSD President Liviu Dragnea did not deny the possibility but pointed to 2017 as the probable date, the year when the new party leadership team will be formed.
“Victor Ponta took a decision, to sit on the sidelines a bit. He also took the decision to reactivate himself. He is a responsible and mature man. He takes his own decisions,” the PSD leader said.
“Reforming the party is the first stage, the parliamentary elections will be the second stage and the third stage will be when the new PSD leadership team will be formed, in early 2017. With or without me, PSD will have a new leader at the start of 2017, that is clear,” Dragnea pointed out, underscoring that he wants to keep having the right to enter the party headquarters. “I won’t be sentenced to death or jail by December 2016. If I choose to die, I will die standing,” Dragnea added.