Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Co-chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Monday that until the Congress of the party all members keep their political offices, as in the new ALDE structure will be decided in the Congress meeting.
“He [Daniel Constantin] until the Congress, same as I and all the other colleagues, will keep the political offices. The Congress will decide on the future structure of ALDE, for myself and for all the other colleagues. The Congress does nothing but elect the future leadership, it doesn’t perform member exclusions,” Tariceanu said after the ruling coalition meeting.
He pointed out that until the Congress the operative decisions will be made by ALDE’s Executive Political Bureau.
“All those interested can participate. One cannot force anybody. Those who meet the requirements can participate,” Tariceanu added.
The ALDE standing delegation decided to convene the extraordinary Congress of the party on 21 April and the ordinary one on 22 April.
Amid tensions between the camp of the old Liberal Reformist Party (PLR) supported by Calin Popescu Tariceanu, and the former Conservative Party (PC), on whose support relies Daniel Constantin (photo), the Central Political Bureau (BPC) of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) has decided on Sunday by an 86 to 12 vote to withdraw political support for ALDE’s co-chair Daniel Constantin, who is also deputy prime minister and environment minister.
After the Sunday meeting, ALDE Co-chair Calin Popescu Tariceanu announced that Gratiela Gavrilescu, currently Minister for Parliament, would be nominated as Environment Minister, while Viorel Ilie will be nominated as Minister for Parliament.
PM Grindeanu: I took note of ALDE’s decision; I will forward the Presidential Administration minister proposals
Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu announced that he took note in the ruling coalition meeting of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) withdrawing the political support for Daniel Constantin and that he would forward President Iohannis on Monday the new proposals of ministers.
“Those of ALDE announced us of the political decision they made yesterday in the leadership forum. We took note of the political decision, as we are a political Government. Today I will forward to the Presidential Administration the proposals made by the partners with ALDE,” the Prime Minister said, after the meeting of the ruling coalition held at the Palace of Parliament.
According to the Prime Minister, the nominations he will send to Cotroceni “have received the political support in ALDE’s leadership forum.”
Asked about his opinion on ALDE’s proposal of Gratiela Gavrilescu for Deputy PM, Grindeanu said: “Mrs Gavrilescu has been Environment Minister before, please remember that the government structure voted by Parliament is the one you know, namely that the Environment Minister also holds the Deputy PM office. This is the government structure. Mrs Gavrilescu has experience as Environment Minister, she has run this ministry for a year. She has, as I told yout, the political support of our partners with ALDE, which is important.”
Dragnea: It wasn’t a pleasant situation; I took note of ALDE’s two decisions, I regret this point was reached
PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday in Parliament that he regrets that the decision to withdraw political support for ALDE Co-President Daniel Constantin was reached, pointing out that in recent weeks he had several talks with both of ALDE’s co-presidents, in the hope that things would be ironed out. Dragnea claimed he has no doubt in what concerns Gratiela Gavrilescu’s ability to manage the office of Deputy Premier.
“It wasn’t a pleasant situation. I took note last evening, after the two decisions were made public. It’s a political Government, a ruling coalition formed by two parties, and we took note of this political decision. I regret this point was reached. In the last 3-4 weeks, I had several talks with Mr Daniel Constantin and Mr Tariceanu, in the hope that they will manage to discover all those things that united them all these years and in which we collaborated very well, but there’s nothing we can faced with such a political decision,” PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated.
Asked whether he doubts Gratiela Gavrilescu’s ability to manage the office of Deputy Premier, Dragnea answered negatively, the office of Deputy Premier being “after all a title of representation.”
“If the Prime Minister considers he can transfer some of his prerogatives to Ms Gavrilescu, on certain projects, of course he will do so,” Dragnea said.
The PSD leader pointed out that the only reproach Daniel Constantin had about the decision to withdraw the political support for him was that the decision was not statutory.
“He only said that in his opinion that decision is not statutory, it’s just that we told him we cannot carry out analyses on ALDE’s statute, we can only take note of that decision,” Dragnea pointed out.
PNL’s Turcan on withdrawal of support for Daniel Constantin: Current Gov’t is in complete disarray
On Monday, PNL Interim President Raluca Turcan commented on ALDE’s decision to withdraw its political support for Environment Minister Daniel Constantin, stating that this shows “the disarray” the Government is in and that “throwing Constantin overboard” is the consequence of the personal interests of the leaders of the parliamentary majority.
“Tariceanu has only one interest, his personal interest, and he will gradually decimate his party unless it conforms with what he personally wants. I notice with concern the Government’s disarray. It’s unprecedented for a party that won 45 percent and formed a parliamentary majority of over 50 percent to find itself acutely lacking credibility just a few months later, something that discourages current investors and those who would like to come to Romania,” Raluca Turcan stated.
She said that the leaders of the ruling coalition are preoccupied with the fight against the judiciary and “are strangling or destroying” the preoccupations with the citizens’ well-being.
“Likewise, in a situation of lack of political cohesion, probably generated by the precise interests that many members of this ruling majority have, not to mention the strangling of or the destroying of all preoccupations with the citizens’ well-being, for the anti-judiciary obsessions that they structurally have, (…) I believe it’s a matter of time until this Government faces a serious problem of political support, because many insiders will continue to throw overboard the decision-makers who defy them,” Turcan added.
PSD leader: After ALDE vote, Daniel Constantin can no longer remain in Gov’t
Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea stated on Sunday evening, for Antena3 private television broadcaster, that Daniel Constantin can no longer remain a member of the Government following ALDE’s Political Bureau’s decision to withdraw its political support for him.
“Unfortunately, this denouement was predictable. I’ve had several talks with Daniel Constantin and Calin Popescu Tariceanu. I believe I told Daniel Constantin a month ago that he should find a way to cohabitate and collaborate with Mr Tariceanu, because things could only reach this result, settling the situation through a vote,” Dragnea said.
He pointed out the Government is a political one.
“When a party has decided, through a crushing majority of votes, to withdraw its political support for a member of the Government, normally he can no longer remain in the Government. One ends up in a political Government through a vote. The vote that sends you there and the political structures that send you there are the same that can also remove you from there,” Dragnea explained.
The PSD leader pointed out he was unable to understand what drove Daniel Constantin in expanding this conflict.
“It’s very difficult for the Premier to disregard this vote,” Liviu Dragnea emphasised.