The National Political Bureau of the National Liberal Party (PNL) on Monday unanimously voted for a convention of the party’s congress to be held in the spring of 2017.
“Although we have already had a similar discussion, although we have a merger protocol, the decision was put up for a debate of the enlarged National Political Bureau today because neither I and my colleagues are afraid of a congress convention or something else, and my colleagues unanimously voted for a convention of the congress, as it is written in the merger statutes and protocol,” PNL Co-Chair Vasile Blaga told a news conference on Monday.
He added that PNL does not aim to penalise its members who are critical of the party.
“It is not our objective to penalise people for their stands. They can have them inside the party; but there are statutes that must be respected and I hope they will respect them. Some of our colleagues are seeking different avenues because they were unsuccessful in joining organisations. There are no thought crimes in the party and we do not aim to punish anyone,” said Blaga.
PNL co-chairs Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga declined to say whether or not they run for the party’s chairmanship.
“This is premature now. Our priorities are quite different,” said Gorghiu.
“Let us first win the election; there is room for everyone,” said Blaga.
PNL releases for public debate draft legislation regarding alternatives to incarceration
The National Liberal Party (PNL) is releasing for public debate draft legislation regarding alternatives to incarceration for those sentenced to no more than three years in prison.
Under the draft, those sentenced to no more than two years in prison should be allowed to serve the sentence at home under electronic surveillance in the form of a bracelet, while those sentenced to no more than three years in prison should be allowed to do community service and the sentence should be served Saturdays and Sundays in special centres others than penitentiaries.
The proposal was disused by the PNL Unification Board and is ready for release. The Justice Ministry is expected to establish the impact of the draft, namely the number of inmates that could be freed under the proposed circumstances.
PNL sources say the party has designed the draft as a solution to prison overcrowding in Romania as well as to free the inmates who have not committed grave offences but who could be negatively influenced by an environment with deprivation of liberty.