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Gabriela Firea not interested in PSD leadership, Dragnea not seeing her as rival for party helm

PSD Vice President Gabriel Firea stated on Monday that she will not run for the office of party president if internal elections take place, so long as she is Bucharest Mayor. Likewise, Liviu Dragnea pointed out that he does not fear Gabriela Firea replacing him at the party’s helm, Agerpres informs.

Gabriela Firea emphasised that she will not enter the race for the position of PSD President. She pointed out she wants to complete her term as Bucharest Mayor.

“I want to dispel these insinuations (that she wants to replace Liviu Dragnea at the helm of PSD – editor’s note) and to tell you, with all firmness, that we have a party president elected through statutory party conference, we don’t have [scheduled] elections and we have no reason to organise a party conference now.”

“In what concerns me, and if several years from now elections will be organised within PSD at the statutory moment, I will not enter this race because I am an extremely responsible person. If I start a project, I want to complete it. I entered, on behalf of the PSD-UNPR alliance, a very difficult and risky competition and if I won, thanks to God, thanks to the colleagues who nominated me, who backed me, and thanks mainly to Bucharesters who invested confidence in me, I will stay at the Bucharest City Hall to solve all problems that have been tarrying for years,” Gabriela Firea said.

Gabriela Firea added that as Bucharest Mayor she will be busy from dawn to dusk and she does not want to be “distracted” by other political offices or preoccupations.

In his turn, the PSD President stated that he is not afraid Gabriela Firea will take his place. Liviu Dragnea pointed out that he had been advised not to nominate Gabriela Firea as the party’s candidate for the Bucharest City Hall because she allegedly had no chance.

“In the period before I officially announced my decision to nominate Ms. Firea, I was advised that it’s not good to nominate her, many well-intended people from both inside and outside the party told me this, using all kinds of arguments such as: a woman cannot win in Bucharest, Gabi Firea can’t be good as mayor, she can’t convince the citizens, if she ends up being mayor she will take my place, she will become a power centre within the party.”

“I realised that maybe throughout history there was not a strong desire within our party, within the party leadership, for PSD to have the Bucharest Mayor. I’m not afraid of this, I wanted to gather good, strong people around me. Gabi Firea taking my place, there is no such thing. We have a united, healthy party that is very prepared for parliamentary elections,” Liviu Dragnea concluded.

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