PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu stated on Sunday that she would like PNL to nominate as Premier “a man like Dacian Ciolos (…) as typology.” She emphasised however that there may be a difference between what she wants and what will actually happen.
“There is a very big difference between what I want and what will happen. Yes, I would like the person we nominate for the Prime Minister’s office to be a man like Dacian Ciolos. There could be a big difference between what I want and what Ciolos wants, however when I made the statement I was talking about typology, about the candidate’s profile,” the PNL Co-President stated on Antena 3.
In Alina Gorghiu’s opinion, PNL cannot “nominate a person that is convicted.”
“Think about the European chancelleries, think about what would have been said about this at the NATO Summit, on the hallways, in informal talks, at the European Council. Obviously the candidate for the office of Prime Minister should have administrative experience, should have an upright profile, should have a history comparable to PNL’s,” Gorghiu explained.
The PNL leader however pointed out that she did not have such a talk with Premier Dacian Ciolos.
“The only talk that publicly appeared took place during a meeting which Mr. Ciolos had the kindness to attend and which concerned his membership of PNL. He publicly offered an explanation, he offered it at the meeting too and it was very fair: “I have the mandate of a person that is not politically involved, I want to make sure this will remain so until the end of my tenure as Prime Minister.” We had no other kind of talks,” the PNL Co-President explained.
Gorghiu praised the Government, being of the opinion that the fact that it was not involved in corruption scandals and that it managed to ensure economic growth in the first quarter of this year “is a great achievement.”
“I haven’t heard of a corruption scandal involving this government. In general, when we are in office we are reproached with multiple events that have corruption crimes at their forefront. (…) I am gladdened by the fact that this is a government that ensures short-term economic stability, because one year cannot be considered a long term. It’s a government that registered a year-on-year economic growth of 4.2 percent in the first quarter of 2016. We are talking about a government that hasn’t earmarked sums from the Reserve Fund, unlike the previous government which illegally earmarked millions of Euros for mayors of certain political stripes,” Alina Gorghiu said, referring to the previous government led by PSD’s Victor Ponta.
Alina Gorghiu: “PNL will not collaborate in any form with PSD”
PNL’s National Political Bureau decided on Monday that the Liberals will not collaborate in any form with PSD after the parliamentary elections.
“The topic of post-elections alliances was discussed today, talks that finalised with a vote in which the opinion that PNL will not collaborate in any form with PSD regardless of the result of the parliamentary elections was very clearly expressed,” PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu stated at a press conference.
She emphasised that PNL does not agree with the idea of a national unity government.
“The parliamentary elections score will not offer the premise of a national unity government. (…) PNL’s decision is clear, we don’t want a national unity government, we don’t accept any kind of collaboration with PSD. It’s PNL’s unanimous decision,” Gorghiu concluded.
On Sunday, Gorghiu stated that a government formed by PSD and PNL after the elections is not possible “in any political context.”
“We are categorically not talking about any kind of government that would include PSD by our side,” Gorghiu stated.
The PNL Co-President also ruled out the possibility of forming a national unity government and stated that the Liberals’ experiences in past alliances with PSD were “toxic.”
“Our experiences with PSD have been toxic throughout time, regardless of what one person or another who at one point appreciated a project says. PSD does not know how to work on a project, in a partnership with another party, and the former PD had the same experience, so did PNL… You can’t form a partnership with a party which, the analysis of its human resource aside, only wants to take over the whole power, is not forming partnerships on projects,” Gorghiu stated.
The PNL Co-President added that PNL’s party ticket could include one or two members of the current government, but she refused to name names.
“I am not ruling out for instance that one or two ministers could find themselves on PNL’s party ticket. (…) I haven’t assessed the ministers’ activity yet. (…) I haven’t carried out this analysis on a nominal basis,” Gorghiu stated.
Liviu Dragnea: “As long as I’m PSD President I will never be able to accept a PSD-PNL Gov’t”
ALDE leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated last week that President Klaus Iohannis is allegedly preparing a national unity government that would be backed by PNL and PSD. The PSD President reacted fairly rapidly.
“I cannot deny the existence of such a plan, but PSD will not take part in it. A PNL-PSD Government is impossible. We have a solid alliance with ALDE. Even though Mr. Ponta is disappointed too, even though Tariceanu is disappointed too, PSD will not form a government with PNL,” Dragnea said.
He maintained his stance over the weekend too, expressing it in a talk-show on Romania TV.
“As long as I’m PSD President, and I can still be president for 2 years, I can never accept a PSD-PNL Government. Because there’s no one to form it with,” Dragnea said.
During the same talk-show, PSD’s leader stated that he no longer believes in a technocratic government and that the members of the current government are not thinking about Romania, are not doing anything and are “bad speakers.”
UDMR Chair Hunor believes Ciolos could be good prime minister if backed politically
The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Chair Kelemen Hunor believes Dacian Ciolos could be a good prime minister if he were backed by a political party after the parliamentary elections.
“Dacian Ciolos could be a good prime minister if he were assumed by a political party after the parliamentary elections. If such a situation is created, such a variant will surely be discussed surely, I have nothing against such a solution. But the future premier must be assumed politically, ” Kelemen Hunor said in an interview for Agerpres.
According to him, a technocrat government can only be a short-term solution.
“Despite Dacian Ciolos’ qualities, one can see also the problem of the Government led by him – there is no parliamentary support, there is no a clear situation. So, to make myself understood, I believe that parliamentarism, in the classic sense of the word, cannot be renounced. You must have a strong position, you must have a coalition or a party which forms the majority and which gives also support to the Government,” said the UDMR head.
Gorghiu gets on Basescu’s nerves again
The PNL Co-President has stated that PMP and ALDE representatives will not enter Parliament after next autumn’s elections because “their voters are already disappointed.”
“I don’t think PMP will enter Parliament. (…) Their voters are already disappointed. Around 90 percent of their local alliances are with PSD,” Alina Gorghiu stated on Antena 3 on Sunday.
In what concerns ALDE, Gorghiu stated they will not manage to reach the 5 percent electoral threshold and only three political parties will probably enter the future Parliament: PNL, PSD and UDMR.
Gorghiu’s statements got on PMP President Traian Basescu’s nerves. “I wish her good luck in governing and if such a big president like Ms. Gorghiu is preoccupied with such a small party like PMP it means this woman has no other business to attend to. PMP is minding its own path, PMP is at 7 percent,” Basescu stated on Romania TV on the same evening.