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September 17, 2019

Gabriel Oprea on UNPR’s chances in EP elections: We only want a reasonable result

National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR) President Gabriel Oprea stated on Saturday that he wants the party he leads to register an honourable result in the European Parliament elections.

“In this year’s European Parliament elections, we want to behave honourably. It’s a lot of work, our objective is to re-become what we once were so that we would score more than 10 per cent in next year’s local elections, so that in the general elections we would enter the Romanian Parliament, and now we are not giving a prognostication. After we were executed, we are now only re-organising ourselves, I’ll be talking of percentages starting next year, now we only want an honourable result,” Gabriel Oprea stated.

He said that during his visit to Giurgiu on Saturday he appointed Adrian Dragut as the municipal party branch leader, Iulian Avram, Stefan Rosu and Stelian Stroe as First Vice Presidents of the party branch, and Mihai Pompiliu as Executive President of the county party branch.

“We are trying to organise ourselves, we cover 33 of the county’s 54 localities, and we have 657 party members in Giurgiu, so [enough] to cover the 248 polling centres. (…) I was part of the PSD Government led by Victor Ponta; our brand was keeping our word and not betraying anyone. We had more than 500,000 party members in 2015, the party was above 12 per cent, I scored 32 per cent in the approval ratings. I have once again started to re-organise the party; we have no other levers except work. (…) Down from 500,000 party members, we now have 100,000; we have good party branches, around ten of them, others are average, others are being organised from scratch, as is the case here, in Giurgiu,” Oprea added.

Anghel Iordanescu, UNPR candidate in the EP elections, has underscored that the party he represents “is a party of people of good faith.”

“UNPR is a party of all, our party, the party of Romanians, a party with people of good faith, patriots, a party that was born in the Romanian Parliament and this project was and is successful. Personally, I believe that it kept its word every time, toward the country, the Government, the electorate. I also believe that Romania can perform in Brussels and can and must be represented by people who have dignity,” Anghel Iordanescu stated.

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