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Iohannis might take part in PNL rallies in support of the referendum

During their meeting on Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis and the Liberals discussed the Head of State’s potential participation in PNL’s rallies in support of the referendum on judicial matters, political sources have told MEDIAFAX.

The Head of State and the Liberals have agreed that the strategy adopted so far as regards the referendum is good. Other topics of discussion concerned PNL’s campaign messages, the mentioned sources have added. Thus, the party led by Ludovic Orban will adopt an anti-PSD message in the European Parliament elections. The Liberals might stake on a “kick the PSD out of the EU” message, or even on a negative message regarding Liviu Dragnea.

At present, PNL’s message for the European Parliament elections is “Romania first.”

Another topic of discussion consisted of some concerns about PNL’s messages in the country’s main cities. In this sense, the Head of State expressed his disappointment with the PNL Bucharest branch, which was led by Cristian Busoi before he became one of the party’s candidates in the European Parliament elections. Political sources have pointed out that if PNL were to register a score higher by three percentage points in Bucharest this would aid the Liberal leaders’ efforts in other cities.

According to the aforementioned sources, Raluca Turcan, Gheorghe Falca, Vasile Blaga, Petrache, Motreanu, Alina Gorghiu, Rares Bogdan, Robert Sighiartau and Marian Petrache took part in Tuesday’s meeting with Klaus Iohannis.

PNL leaders have regular meetings with the President, to discuss the coordination of the campaign strategy or the referendum on judicial matters.

This meeting also came against the backdrop in which Klaus Iohannis announced last Friday that he would invite the political parties to consultations on the state of the judiciary. According to the Presidential Administration’s announcement, PNL’s representatives are invited on Thursday at 3 p.m., USR’s representatives at 4 p.m., PMP’s representatives at 4.45 p.m., UDMR’s representatives at 5.30 p.m., and the representatives of the parliamentary group of national minorities at 6.15 p.m.

The delegations of PSD and ALDE are invited at the Cotroceni Palace on Friday, at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. respectively. In its announcement, the Presidency added that each delegation may consist of five persons at most.

In response, Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu have said they will not go at the Cotroceni Palace.

On March 21, Ludovic Orban had a meeting with Klaus Iohannis, the two discussing the coordination of the strategy on the referendum that the Head of State wanted to be held on the same day with the May 26 European Parliament elections, political sources told MEDIAFAX.

The day after that meeting, the PNL leader announced that the Liberals would support the President’s demarche.

Last Thursday, Klaus Iohannis announced the two topics that were sent to Parliament, pointing out that they are topics of national interest and will be subjected to a referendum on May 26: banning amnesty and pardon for corruption offences, and banning government emergency ordinances on offences, punishments and the structure of the judiciary, correlated with the right of other constitutional authorities to notify the Constitutional Court directly about such ordinances.


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