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May 24, 2022

ALDE’s Tariceanu: There were attempts to draw us to centre-right formula, I was even asked to be PNL chair

The co-chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on Friday said there were ‘several attempts’ to draw his formation to rally to a ‘so-called centre-right formula’ and that he was even proposed to take over National Liberal Party (PNL) chairmanship.

“Indeed, I can tell there were numerous attempts to draw us to rally to such a formula, the so-called centre-right formula. For this, offers have started to pour in as if at an auction. We were offered more and more, only to make us accept. To me, reunification of the liberal movement is not something to leave me apathetic, I was even asked to take over the PNL leadership. (…) I think that PNL needs first of all an ideological clarification. (…) Today, it should be clear for everybody, PNL included, that any political option should start from the electorate’s will. (…) I won’t change my stance and attitude, and I’m not going to make any concessions where there is no need for them. (…) We cannot consider these proposals from the PNL due to these reasons,” Tariceanu told a news conference.


“I had a talk with president Iohannis, though not at Cotroceni Palace”


The Alliance for Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) co-chair, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on Friday said he had a talk with President Klaus Iohannis, but not at the Cotroceni presidential Palace.

“I saw today in the news that I have met president Iohannis. Obviously not today, because I know that the President is in Brussels. In this period, perhaps certain contacts should not take anyone by surprise. We had a talk, though not at Cotroceni. I had a talk with the president and that’s all I’m going to tell you, because I’ve already communicated our official position,” said Tariceanu.

He specified it was not an institutional talk.

“We had no precondition, because neither I, nor Daniel (Constantin – the other ALDE’s co-chair – ed.n.) asked for this talk. We had a discussion with the President and I’m sorry but I can’t tell you more. I cannot give you any further details, but I believe that simple logics is helping you in this matter since I’ve been together with Daniel Constantin. It was not an institutional talk,” concluded the ALDE leader.

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