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June 22, 2021

PMP’s Basescu wouldn’t rule out a PSD+PNL government, a remake of USL

National leader of the People’s Movement Party (PMP) Traian Basescu told Romania TV private broadcaster on Sunday that he would not rule out the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the National Liberal Party (PNL) getting together after this autumn’s general election, this way remaking the Social Liberal Union (USL).

“(…) I would not rule out the possibility of a PSD+PNL government. That would be a remake of the USL. What is the use of bringing other parties into the fold when you can have a PSD+PNL government, with a 70-80 percent majority; you can even change the constitution,” said Basescu, commenting on a recent statement by Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu that a government of national unity would be negotiated over after this autumn’s general election, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, and that President Klaus Iohannis would agree on such version.

Asked whether such development would left the Opposition with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), PMP and the National Democratic Hungarian Union of Romania (UDMR), basses said, “I think ALDE will disappear and PMP will be the Opposition, given that its is qualified opposition.”

USL was a political alliance of PSD and PNL that unsuccessfully attempted to impeach Basescu in 2012, his second term in office, for austerity measures taken in 2010.


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