Calin Popescu-Tariceanu was elected on Saturday Chairman of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), a position for which he had no contender.
Tariceanu garnered 1,065 out of 1,094 electronic ballots cast by the delegates to the ALDE Congress in Bucharest.
Tariceanu: In 2020, ALDE could become first centre-right political force in Romania
ALDE could become after the 2020 general election the first centre-right political force, said on Friday, in the opening of the ALDE Congress, Alliance Co-chair Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.
“It is my ambition and it must be everybody’s ambition,” asserted Tariceanu, reminding that ALDE is a “young political formation” that succeeded in just two years and nine months to pass two “severe exams”: the local election 2016 and the general election 2016.
“We have graduated this second test too and last year we have got the third-best result on the Romanian political scene, which is not a trifle. (…) We congratulate ourselves that we are today the third political force in Romania,” said Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.
The works of the ALDE Congress have started on Friday afternoon at the Parliament Palace, when the statute amendment was debated.
Kelemen Hunor says ‘partnership’ best describes ALDE – UDMR relation
Chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Kelemen Hunor, in a video message sent on Saturday to the Congress of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), characterized the latter’s relationship with the Union as a “partnership”, and ALDE Co-chair Calin Popescu-Tariceanu as “a man of dialogue”.
“For a recently established party, which came into being about one year ago, you scored remarkably well in the local and parliamentary elections. As for the relationship between ALDE and UDMR, it can be characterized by one word: partnership. Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has been a man of dialogue, he was at our side both as a deputy, but also later on when he served as a minister and last but not least, as a Prime Minister. He was a fair partner, he was and remained an open-minded man who understood the problems of the Romanian society and looked for solutions to these problems. Regardless of where we were, either at rule or in opposition, this partnership remained an extremely solid one,” Kelemen Hunor said, praising the fact that despite the two formations not sharing the same area of the political spectrum and belonging to different European political families, the values connecting them are more important than the aspects that separate them.
Kelemen Hunor also conveyed Calin Popescu-Tariceanu to keep his courageous and direct style of doing politics.
“As we have repeatedly seen, when there are visible, significant slippages, it is our obligation and responsibility to get back on track, to the rule of law. We regard this partnership we have built with Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and you, dear members, as a value, it is a benchmark. (…) I sincerely wish you (…) to keep your courageous and direct style of doing politics. This strategy, which often does not pay off immediately and does not raise the party’s popularity, is extremely important for preserving and strengthening the fundamental values of the rule of law. Romania, the Romanian society need the values and visions ALDE stands for,” added Kelemen Hunor.