Orban on potential PNL Premier: Candidate for PM’s office must be party president

National Liberal Party (PNL) President Ludovic Orban stated on Monday, for B1TV, that the person that the Liberals will nominate as candidate for the PM’s office following the future parliamentary elections must be the party’s president.

Asked whether he wants to become Prime Minister after the parliamentary elections of 2020, Ludovic Orban said: “In my opinion, the candidate for the PM’s office must be the party’s president. If I’ll be the party’s president and if I’ll win the parliamentary elections alongside my PNL colleagues.”

Ludovic Orban rejected the idea that the trial he is involved in might prevent him from running for that office.

“I can accurately tell you not only that I didn’t commit any crime, but I could even say that I had fair conduct considering I was offered money as campaign contribution, which was not necessarily, obviously, a form of illegal financing. I didn’t take that money, not to mention I didn’t use the political office in any way,” the PNL President argued.

In May 2016, only a week after the party nominated him as its candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, Orban was indicted by the DNA, being accused that, in his capacity as candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, he allegedly used his political office and asked businessman Tiberiu Urdareanu for EUR 50,000 in order to finance his elections campaign. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court in January 2017 but the ruling is not final.

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