Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea expressed his support for ALDE Co-President Calin Popescu Tariceanu on Sunday evening, stating that the PSD-ALDE partnership remains in force “no matter what happens.”
“Calin Popescu Tariceanu remains my friend and my partner regardless of what happens, we have an old relationship based and built on very solid partnership, on very good collaboration and on a very good understanding of the fact that nothing could stand in the way of this relationship, or in the way of the relationship with Mr. Daniel Constantin, or the one between PSD and ALDE,” Dragnea said on Antena 3.
Asked whether he believes there is a plan afoot to prevent PSD from winning the parliamentary elections, Dragnea said that he has lately started to give serious thought to this possibility. “If in the following period I am going to be increasingly convinced of this or if other things surface, then definitely we too will adopt a different way of politicking,” Liviu Dragnea said.
“I am not very sure, but at some point, somewhere, someone may have concocted such a plan because things are pointing to that. Ponta is indicted, Tariceanu is indicted, I am indicted; but we’ll see what happens in the following period,” the PSD President added.
Dragnea emphasised that PSD has a very good relationship with ALDE, pointing out that the two parties could form a majority after the parliamentary elections.
The PSD President emphasised that his party will have “an increasingly more applied” partnership with ALDE.
Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s name has been mentioned as being involved in Bogdan Olteanu’s legal case. At this moment there is no official confirmation in this sense. Anticorruption prosecutors accuse Bogdan Olteanu of engaging in influence peddling concerning the appointment of the Danube Delta Governor, after he allegedly received a bribe from businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu. Thus, the two allegedly agreed that in return for Bogdan Olteanu’s intercession “with the members of the Government, in order to determine the appointment of Liviu Mihaiu as Danube Delta Governor, Sorin Ovidiu Vintu was going to offer him EUR 1 M and electoral support in the form of marketing and consultancy services,” prosecutors claim.
In what concerns Bogdan Olteanu’s statements, he allegedly admitted meeting Vintu in the summer of 2008. He allegedly stated he had talks with Calin Popescu Tariceanu, Premier at the time, about the appointment of Liviu Mihaiu, “but claimed he did so out of his own conviction, suspect Sorin Ovidiu Vintu’s request coinciding with this own views, so that he did not ask for and did not receive any material benefit for this overture.”
SocDem’s head Dragnea says eventual scheme to remove him from politics possible
Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea on Sunday night told the private TV broadcaster Antena3 that lately he has started to give “serious thought” to the “possibility that there might be a scheme” to remove him and other leaders from politics, considering that he, (former premier) Victor Ponta and (current Senate Speaker) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu are indicted.
“Because, unfortunately, in nowadays Romania one cannot believe in coincidences anymore. However, I am not very sure, but at some point, somewhere, someone may have concocted such a plan because things are pointing to that. Ponta is indicted, Tariceanu is indicted, I am indicted; but we’ll see what happens next (…). If in the following period I am going to be increasingly convinced of this or other things surface, then definitely we too will adopt a different way of politicking,” said Dragnea in a telephone call.
Dragnea made the statement when asked for his comment on the fact that he and Calin Popescu-Tariceanu could be the object of some criminal files in order to have them removed from shaping a new parliamentary majority in December, following this fall’s general elections.
Bucharest Deputy Mayor’s office, topic of talks with Tariceanu and Steriu
Liviu Dragnea also announced that on Monday he was going to have talks with Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea and with ALDE Co-President Calin Popescu Tariceanu. They were expected to focus on the vacant Bucharest Deputy Mayor’s office. In the following days they are also expected to meet former UNPR President Valeriu Steriu.
He emphasised that he would like UNPR’s two councillors “to respect the initial agreement,” bearing in mind that they became members of the Bucharest General Council by running on PSD’s party list.
“Mr. Steriu’s proposal was for one of UNPR’s representatives, not for Mr. Turcescu, to be Deputy Mayor in some eventuality,” Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea stated at a talk-show.
“We have 22 General Council members, UNPR has 2, ALDE has 4. Together we are 28. Indeed, the problem raised concerned UNPR’s two General Council members, whether they will remain in our alliance, because they entered this Council on the PSD-UNPR list not on their own party list, or whether they will not and will join the PMP group instead,” Firea added.
The General Council also has 15 USB, 8 PNL and 4 PMP councillors.
Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea stated on Thursday that PMP Executive President Valeriu Steriu demanded, on behalf of PMP, the Deputy Mayor office vacated following ALDE councillor Tudor Ionescu’s resignation.