Counselor of the National Liberal Party’s (PNL) Chairman Violeta Alexandru was designated on Tuesday as interim chairperson by the Liberals’ Executive Bureau (BEX), at the proposal of the PNL Bucharest branch by Ludovic Orban.
The decision was made by 21 votes in favor, two against and two abstentions.
On 3 June, Cristian Busoi announced his withdrawal from the PNL Bucharest branch, following the poor results obtained in the elections to the European Parliament by the Bucharest branch.
On the same day, PNL’s Political Bureau decided the dissolution of the leaderships of Bucharest branches and the six district branches. Moreover, the PNL leadership decided to mandate Liberal Chairman Ludovic Orban to come up with proposals, within two weeks, for the leadership of the PNL Bucharest and district branches.
At that time, MEP Rares Bogdan stated that, if his conditions were accepted, he would probably agree to take over the leadership of the PNL Bucharest branch.
As for the leadership of the PNL district branches, the proposals will not be made by Ludovic Orban. Within a week, Violeta Alexandru must propose the leaders of the PNL district organizations, according to sources from within the party.
While the BEX meeting was in progress, MEP Rares Bogdan made a press statement, saying that he would be delighted if Violeta Alexandru will be proposed as the Chairperson of PNL Bucharest, mentioning that she is a very valuable person for the party. He also said that she could have been equally proposed on the EP elections list.
The Tuesday vote in BEX for Violeta Alexandru was a positive one, even if more than 600 Liberals signed on Monday a letter for Rares Bogdan, by which they asked him to take over the leadership of PNL Bucharest.
Orban: Violeta Alexandru is the right person to make a transfiguration of PNL Bucharest
Alexandru became the new Interim Chairperson of PNL Bucharest after Cristian Busoi resigned. The announcement was made by Ludovic Orban, who said that Violeta Alexandru can make “the transfiguration of the PNL Bucharest Branch”.
“We have debated and decided to appoint Violeta Alexandru as the Interim Chairperson of PNL Bucharest. Violeta Alexandru is my proposal, in my capacity of the party’s Chairman. By the next week, together with the Chairperson of PNL Bucharest, we will make proposals for the chairpersons of the district organizations, and within one more week we should be able to validate in PNL the interim leaderships as a whole, for PNL Bucharest and for the districts. Violeta Alexandru is a person with an extremely serious career, she held important positions, she was the executive manager of the Pro Democratia Association. Also, she was a founder and manager of the Institute for Public Policies, an institute with a very serious activity. Also, Violeta Alexandru worked with the Romanian President Emil Constantinescu and was a Minister for Social Dialogue”, Ludovic Orban announced at the end of the Tuesday meeting of the Executive Bureau.
He said that Violeta Alexandru can make a change in the PNL Bucharest branch.
“I appreciated that Violeta Alexandru is the right person to make a transfiguration of PNL in Bucharest. She is an extremely serious person, she has an extremely strong professional training and she is a person that has the ability to recredit PNL”, Ludovic Orban stated.
Rares Bogdan, about the leadership of PNL Bucharest: If Violeta Alexandru will be proposed, I can only be delighted
MEP Rares Bogdan stated that he will be delighted if Violeta Alexandru will be nominated as the Chairperson of PNL Bucharest, mentioning that she is a very valuable person for the party. He also said that she could have been equally proposed on the EP elections list.
“If Violeta Alexandru will be proposed, I can only be delighted, she performed a tremendous door to door work and she also attended TV shows. She is a very valuable person. She could have been equally included in the EP elections list, given her strength, because she is a very good person. She was with Ciolos and then she joined us, being Mr. Orban’s counselor, then she became a member of the District 1 organization, I think. PSD was definitely bothered by her. She didn’t bother PNL for sure, or the 2.5 million PNL voters, because things are simple – we must have a radical position towards PSD. I said that PSD is only hurt, it’s not defeated, and we must fight for this. We have to face three rounds of extremely difficult elections, the presidential, the local and the parliamentary elections”, Rares Bogdan stated on Tuesday.
“I told her that there are also crocodiles and big rats within the Bucharest branch”
After Violeta Alexandru has been elected as the PNL Bucharest Interim Chairperson, Rares Bogdan also stated that “there are also crocodiles and big rats” within the Liberal organization, people who must be put in their place when needed.
“Violeta Alexandru is a very valuable person, she is a person coming from the civil society, which is a plus, she is a person who managed prestigious institutions, Pro Democratia, IPP, but I told her at the meeting, too, since I have a very good relationship with her, working with her in the campaign, she was one of the very good people in the electoral campaign for the European Parliament, she is an elegant, distinguished person, I told her that she must know that there are also crocodiles and big rats within the Bucharest branch, there are also people who must be put in their place when needed, she must not allow them subdue her and she must know how to use, to have a hammer, even wrapped in a velvet”, Rares Bogdan stated when asked if Violeta Alexandru is capable enough to hold such a position.
Asked if he tried to convince his colleagues in the last minute to support him as the head of PNL Bucharest, Rares Bogdan said that he only thanked them for the supporting letter.
“No, I thanked them, this is how I began, I thanked them and I thank to the 622 members who signed that letter, it is a honor to me, especially since I am a member of this party for only 4 months, less than 4 months, and it’s important that out of 1000 people, 622 gave me their trust, others say that they didn’t know about that letter, otherwise they would have voted for me, too, and there are other dozens of people, probably they would have been exceeding 700 if the letter was publicly announced. I assure them I’m not leaving Bucharest or the country if I am in Brussels for 2, or 3, or 4 days, but I’m also glad that my trust rate has increased from 26% at the beginning of the electoral campaign, when I was actually coming from media, it was a trust I gained strictly as a journalist, and I managed to reach 34% in the worst poll and 37%-39% in the best one, it’s delightful for a person, this is the citizen’s trust, I hope I will be able to bring part of this trust to PNL, because PNL has les in Bucharest, it has only 17%, which is half of the trust rate that I have, but I am sure we will be there with a lot of work, and with the work of the 622 people who trusted me”, Bogdan concluded.
Violeta Alexandru: My understanding is to work within a team, this is not a project related to me as a person
PNL Bucharest Interim Chairperson Violeta Alexandru stated that, in her new position, she has several key principles, including zero tolerance towards PSD regarding the abuses and the manner by which it spends the public money.
“Today, a new phase starts in PNL; I believe it’s important to insist on the trust given by my colleagues, if things would have been seemed to work smoothly at all levels, probably the need of a change within the Bucharest branch wouldn’t have been resulting, the fact that this change exists and the fact that this trust is given to me make me do things in order to make people realize that PNL is an authentic Opposition force, and I will make the decisions with my colleagues on the very concrete arguments, without any emotion and without any other kind of influence”, Violeta Alexandru stated.
“I understand the trust of my colleagues, knowing my profile, as a trust in a person who will open the PNL Bucharest branch to the society. (…) My understanding is to work within a team, this project is not related to me as a person, it is a project of trust in order to build a team based on the following principles: zero tolerance toward PSD regarding the abuses and the manner by which it spends the public money. We will make Opposition by talking less and doing more; we’ll open the party to society and capitalize the value of our members, our colleagues. We have many capable colleagues. We will create the framework that will allow them express themselves”, she added.