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PNL, USR and PMP back Raluca Turcan as Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker. PSD’s nomination is Marcel Ciolacu

The National Liberal Party (PNL), Save Romania Union (USR) and People’s Movement Party (PMP)  will back the Liberal Raluca Turcan for the position of Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, reads an announcement made by the leaders of USR, Dan Barna, PMP, Eugen Tomac, and the leader of the Liberal deputies, Raluca Turcan, in a joint press statement.

The  Social Democratic Party (PSD)  acting chairperson Viorica Dancila on Tuesday said that the nomination for the Deputies’ Chamber Speaker on the PSD’s behalf is Marcel Ciolacu, the latter being to be voted in the party’s National Executive Committee.

The legal committee of the Chamber of Deputies passed two draft decisions: one regarding the vacation of the deputy mandate of Liviu Dragnea and another referring to the vacation of the position of Speaker. The draft decisions were adopted unanimously and are to be addressed on Wednesday in the plenary session to be acknowledged.

The parliamentary groups will afterwards have the possibility to make proposals for the Chamber of Deputies’ top position.

The  Standing Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies decided on Tuesday the appointment of Carmen Mihalcescu as interim speaker of this legislative forum.

“An interim speaker for the management of the current affairs was decided in the Standing Bureau meeting in the person of Mrs. Carmen Mihalcescu,” announced the Social  Democratic Party’s spokesperson Lia Olguta Vasilescu.

Social Democrat Liviu Dragnea, who served as Lower House Speaker, was handed on Monday a final graft conviction in the Teleorman Social Assistance and Child Protection Directorate General case and was jailed at the Rahova Penitentiary.


Kelemen Hunor to run for Lower House Speaker on UDMR’s behalf


Chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Kelemen Hunor will join the race for Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies.

“Having looked at the situation ensued in the Chamber of Deputies after the position of Speaker was vacated, our colleagues unanimously recommended that we also field a candidate. We don’t owe anything to anyone, we saw that those in the opposition haven’t come to terms, we waited with our decision until we learned the stance of each parliamentary formation and we resolved that UDMR should also have a candidate for this position,” said Kelemen Hunor.

UDMR Lower House floor leader Attila Korodi said that Union Chairman Kelemen Hunor was the unanimous pick for Speaker of the legislative chamber.


Raluca Turcan is National Liberal Party’s pick for Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker


Liberal floor leader Raluca Turcan was picked by the National Liberal Party (PNL) to run for Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker, political sources told AGERPRES on Tuesday.

“Basically, Raluca Turcan is PNL’s pick for head of the Chamber of Deputies and she was mandated to lead the negotiations for the endorsement of her candidacy,” the cited sources said.


USR’s Barna: Opposition should have a common candidate for Speaker office;our proposal – Stelian Ion


The Save Romania Union (USR) will start the discussions with the other Opposition parties for a common candidate at the helm of the Chamber of Deputies and proposes Stelian Ion for the Speaker office, USR Chairman Dan Barna announced on Tuesday.

“In respect to the Speaker of the Chamber [office], it is desirable to have a common candidate of the Opposition. We will start the discussions with the other parties. The USR proposes Stelian Ion. (…) We hope that the Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber office be given to the parties who won the elections,” Barna stated after the meeting of the USR’s parliamentary group.




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