Ionut Negoi (photo, second from left), Co-President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats Youth Organisation has decided to leave the party led by Calin Popescu Tariceanu and Daniel Constantin, accusing the party leadership of promoting solely the interests of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and people from their own entourage. He announced he decided to return to the National Liberal Party (PNL).
“We established ALDE in an effort to build a political party in which the principles of Liberalism are truly respected. After well over a year since the establishment of this party, we notice that not only the Liberalism we all wanted but even the idea of freedom in itself is banned in what has become PSD’s puppet-party,” reads Ionut Negoi’s press release.
He also stated that the young party members he was elected to represent have no say in front of those holding the party’s reins, and valuable people he led are leaving one by one, disappointed with the exclusive promotion of people close to the party’s leadership.
“We revolted when ALDE decided to nominate a so-called politician, member of the youth organisation, for the office of Bucharest Deputy Mayor, without him having the organisation’s vote of confidence, and the party leadership did not care. The reaction of the press was what it took for a political disaster, namely the appointment of ALDE Co-President Tariceanu’s godson – celebrity Tudor “Tudy” Ionescu – as Deputy Mayor of Bucharest, to be avoided. Now, far from mass-media’s scrutiny, nepotism has become the only policy accepted by ALDE’s bosses,” Ionut Negoi claims.
“We were promised Liberalism, but in the party led by Mr. Tariceanu and Mr. Constantin we are not even allowed a minimal freedom of opinion. For those who are leading ALDE today, only personal relations matter, not individual accomplishments or Liberal projects completed through one’s own resources. We, the young members of ALDE, have invested time, emotions and money in a project that turned out to be the personal attempt of one close-knit group of people to politically survive under the shadow cast by PSD,” he added.
“We came by Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s side convinced that we can offer the Romanian electorate more Liberalism, and we ended up becoming the fishing rod the Social Democrats are using to fish out PNL votes. The electoral ad used in the local elections was very relevant in this sense. For me, a Liberal by persuasion, engaged in Liberal politics from the first moment I entered politics, the role of puppet of PSD interests cannot be acceptable,” Ionut Negoi states.