Cristian Busoi, leader of the National Liberal Party’s Bucharest branch, has announced the resignation of the party branch’s leadership, doing so being “the wisest”: “The entire leadership of PNL Bucharest and I take responsibility for the result in Bucharest,” Busoi says.
“Resigning is the wisest. I will stay involved in the PNL Bucharest branch and in the debates that concern Bucharest topics.
“PNL Bucharest was well organised and did what it had to do in order to support and help the PNL campaign at national level. I thank the presidents of district branches, who mobilised themselves, and I thank the PNL volunteers who helped so that PNL’s messages would reach Bucharesters. I also thank Rares Bogdan for his involvement in the campaign. His effort was recognised,” Busoi wrote.
He says he took the branch from 12 per cent or 74,041 votes in the local elections of 2016 to 15.7 per cent or 145,952 votes in this year’s European Parliament elections.
“It’s the doubling of the number of votes. But, as president of PNL Bucharest, the entire leadership of PNL Bucharest and I take responsibility for the result in Bucharest. I also take responsibility for being a member of the PNL for 23 years and for always doing what was best for the PNL. However, we mustn’t indulge in illusions. The national leadership of the party is also responsible for the PNL’s result in Bucharest. Organising and local politics is an important component of an elections campaign, but the political vote, the national image of the party and its leaders has the biggest influence in Bucharest and in the large cities,” Busoi points out.
In his opinion, the PNL needs unity and has won the European Parliament elections.
“We don’t want contradictory discussions within the Political Bureau, and we don’t want to ask the [party branch] presidents to choose between the party’s leadership and solidarity with the Bucharest branch. That is why we have decided that stepping down is the wisest. I will stay involved in the PNL Bucharest branch and I will stay active in the debates that concerns Bucharest topics,” Cristian Busoi pointed out.