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Theodor Paleologu: “I feel responsible to establish a new right-wing party. I don’t aspire to be boss”

Former minister Theodor Paleologu stated on Wednesday that he feels responsible toward those who backed his candidacy, stating that if he were to establish a new right-wing political party he would leave its leadership to others and would focus on educating the political party’s cadres.

“Very many are encouraging me to establish a new right-wing party with a clear liberal and conservative identity. On one hand, I feel responsible toward those who voted for me, who collected signatures, who handed out flyers and fought for my candidacy. There are people who used part of their time and money for a joint cause. They put heart into it, they got involved, and are now disappointed. I cannot leave them like this,” Theodor Paleologu wrote on Facebook.

Nevertheless, Paleologu stated he has no aspirations to be party boss and will leave the party leadership to others while he will focus on educating party cadres.

“On the other hand, I have no aspirations to be party boss and I will dedicate a lot of time to the school at Paleologu House, a cause just as important in my opinion. However, if I act on the encouragements of these supporters and sympathisers, I will do it as it was never done before when it came to the creation of new parties. Like a fervent supporter was saying, it should be a party-cum-school, namely an organisation that would form the civic and militant spirit of its members and sympathisers early on, several years before the next elections. I will leave the party leadership to others, and I will focus on educating the cadres. I would be mentor rather than president,” Paleologu said.

He pointed out that his posting is not “a commitment” but rather an exchange of opinions.

Paleologu ran as an independent candidate in the parliamentary elections, in Bucharest. Despite winning the highest number of votes among all independent candidates in Bucharest, Paleologu failed to win a new mandate in Parliament.

Theodor Paleologu won 8,278 votes in the December 11th elections, and would have needed around 25,000 votes to enter Parliament.

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