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Firea on potential presidential bid: I won’t give up my mandate as mayor even if the party asks me to

Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea stated on Sunday evening that she is not mulling a potential presidential bid, emphasising that she would not give up her office even if the party president or the party were to ask her to do so.

Firea pointed out she asked her party colleagues to no longer include her in opinion polls because she will not give up her office as Bucharest Mayor.

“First of all, I thank all those who think the way you describe – and I do receive signals in this sense. It’s honouring and flattering. But, at the risk of repeating myself, I’m an extremely, extremely serious person, even annoyingly serious for those who believe I could change like a leaf in the wind, from one month to the next. Categorically not, I respect my commitment toward Bucharesters, I want to carry through even the last day of my term in office, even if the party president, or the party, my colleagues, were to ask me to run for office; I’ve told them to no longer mention me, to no longer include me in opinion polls, to no longer measure me, because I don’t want to give up this mandate. (…) Seriousness is a politician’s calling card,” Firea stated for RomaniaTV private broadcaster.

 

Gabriela Firea on Viorica Dancila: She will resist, with or without a hashtag. I don’t want to take part in another ousting

 

Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea stated that Premier-designate Viorica Dancila “will resist, with or without a hashtag,” referring to the term used by anti-Government protesters. The mayor said she does not want to take part in the ousting of another Premier.

“I’ve known Viorica Dancila for almost seven years, ever since I joined PSD. She’s a very balanced, sympathetic, honest person. It’s very important for politicians to be honest, because we’ve seen many of them – such as Mr Cristian Busoi – complaining there are no investments in healthcare and then asking their CGMB [Bucharest General Council] colleagues to block them,” the Bucharest Mayor stated for RomaniaTV on Sunday.

Firea expressed her disappointment with the public reactions to and criticism of Viorica Dancila, stating that opinions – whether for or against – should be expressed in relation to her projects, not to her religion or city she was born in.

“They talked about aspects that I consider derisory. In Europe, mentions of such aspects – religion, city she was born in – are criticised, side-lined, they certainly aren’t emphasised. I was extremely disappointed. Let’s allow her to get in office and let’s have an opinion – for or against – on the decisions she takes, on her projects. I also saw public persons – even persons who consider themselves intellectuals – who levelled such criticism,” Gabriela Firea emphasised.

Asked about the duration of the new Premier’s stint, bearing in mind the brief stints of Sorin Grindeanu and Mihai Tudose, the Bucharest Mayor said she wants this Government to go all the way, because she does not want to take part in the ousting of another Premier.

“I believe Viorica Dancila will resist, with or without the hashtag,” Firea emphasised.

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