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PSD leaders propose that Gov’t should hold partial elections in June, in cities and municipalities without mayors

Meeting in Sinaia on Thursday, the members of the Social Democratic Party’s (PSD) National Executive Committee (NatExCom) decided to propose that the Government should issue a decision on holding partial elections, in early June, in the municipalities, cities and communes left without mayors, PSD leadership sources told News.ro.

The sources also pointed out that Craiova, Targu Jiu and Lupeni are the best-known municipalities and cities where partial elections should be held.

The same sources pointed out that a total of 5 municipalities and 10 cities are in this situation.

The issuance of a Government decision is needed to hold partial elections.

 

The government coalition didn’t reach to an agreement on the final form of the unitary Pay Law. Signing the draft law is delayed

 

The government coalition met on Thursday in Sinaia, in a second meeting, to discuss about the unitary Pay Law; signing this draft law is delayed because of the issues raised by the ALDE representatives, according to sources who attended the discussions.

Sources from the government coalition stated on Thursday for MEDIAFAX that the ALDE President Cain Popescu-Tariceanu asked for a new meeting of the government coalition to discuss about several issues on the draft law.

Because an agreement wasn’t reached yet inside the government coalition on the final form of the Pay Law, signing it by the leaders is delayed.

However, PSD MPs have signed on the list of signatures required for submitting the law to the Parliament, as a parliamentary initiative.

 

 

Paul Stanescu demands Victor Ponta be kicked out of party; Liviu Dragnea did not call for vote on the proposal

 

During PSD’s NatExCom meeting on Thursday, PSD Olt President Paul Stanescu demanded Victor Ponta’s exclusion from the party, but PSD President Liviu Dragnea did not want to call for a vote on it, sources told News.ro.

According to Social-Democratic sources, the proposal to exclude Victor Ponta from the party comes against the backdrop in which the ex-Premier’s attacks “did not target Liviu Dragnea alone, but all the members of the political party.”

Lower Chamber lawmaker Victor Ponta (PSD) stated on Tuesday that there is no need for someone to kick him out of the party, since he is willing to once again send his resignation to PSD President Liviu Dragnea, in order “not to enter this circus.”

“Just like with Ordinance 13, when Mr Dragnea doesn’t want to do something himself, he asks others to do it. There’s no need for anyone to exclude me, I’ll send him my resignation again. Let’s not enter this circus, because there’s no need for him to ask someone to do it,” Ponta said when asked for his comments on Liviu Dragnea’s statement that there are party members who are asking for Victor Ponta’s exclusion.

 

PSD MP Catalin Radulescu’s party membership suspended for 6 months, at Liviu Dragnea’s proposal

 

Meeting on Thursday, PSD’s leaders decided to suspend Lower Chamber lawmaker Catalin Radulescu’s party membership for six months, following his statements about those protesting in Victory Square, PSD sources told News.ro.

The proposal to suspend Catalin Radulescu for six months was tabled by party president Liviu Dragnea.

PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Wednesday, in Sinaia, that he will propose the “self-suspension” of Social Democratic lawmaker Catalin Radulescu on Thursday, following his statements about those protesting in Victory Square.

“Tomorrow (Thursday – editor’s note) we will discuss the Catalin Radulescu issue. He tried to self-suspend himself, it didn’t work. I’ll propose his self-suspension,” Liviu Dragnea stated.

Lower Chamber lawmaker Catalin Radulescu suspended his party membership on March 20, because of “the media scandal and the media pressure” sparked by his statements, adding that he was misunderstood, according to a press release.

In an interview for ‘Adevarul’ daily, PSD’s Catalin Radulescu, elected for a Lower Chamber seat in the Arges constituency, said that water cannons should be used on those protesting in Victory Square: “Why do they keep sitting there like fools? Don’t they have things to do, don’t they have jobs, don’t they have children?”

Moreover, he added that he kept the AKM assault rifle he used in the 1989 Revolution and is ready to use it again: “Nobody will ever take it away from me and I’m keeping it because maybe sometime, if someone comes up with one of these ideas to change this state we fought for, I’d be ready to immediately go out and use the weapon.”

 

 

 

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