Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, the Social Democrat leader, has reiterated she will resign from head of PSD if she doesn’t reach the second round of the presidential elections, but she pointed out that the Social Democrats’ objective is to win the presidential elections “round by round.”
She told Digi 24 private television broadcaster on Wednesday evening that her statement according to which she will resign from head of PSD if she doesn’t reach the second round of the elections is still valid, she answered: “Most definitely. I did say this, for it’s normal to take responsibility for one’s own results. Like any territory, any county or community undertakes to reach a certain target, Bucharest, too, the Bucharest districts need to establish a certain score, and I, too, need to do that. Of course that this would be a honorary resignation that all those who fail to reach the established target should have in view. I believe that we need to be fair and I trust my colleagues who are leaders of organisations and I know that they will fight to reach that score, I know that they will get very much involved, I won’t establish the respective figure myself, but we are going to establish it depending on each county organisation’s potential.”
The Social Democrat leader underscored PSD’s objective is to win the presidential elections, when she was asked if the party’s objective was to reach the second round.
She said the party looks “well enough” in the opinion polls, which however, “can change from week to week.”
Governance not endangered, ruling coalition to move forward
The national leader of the majority Social Democratic Party on Wednesday also said that, in her opinion, the government is not endangered and the ruling coalition will move forward in terms of the government’s business.
“From the point of view of the alliance and the continuation of government, I have noticed that both Mr Calin Popescu Tariceanu and other leaders of ALDE [Alliance of Liberals and Democrats] said they would continue with governing. So I do not think the government is endangered, [by] the fact that each of the parties in the alliance has its own presidential candidate… of course we would have wanted a joint candidate, we would have wanted a joint candidate endorsed by PSD and ALDE – a candidate supported by ALDE. I believe that each party did its own calculations and each party after the European Parliament elections really wants to show its strength, its power, and I think that is a normal thing. I believe the government is not endangered and the coalition will move forward in terms of governance. In terms of the presidential election and electioneering, each party will have its own opinion, its own action, because each party will support its own candidate,” Dancila told Digi 24 private broadcaster responding to whether or not the ruling coalition is in danger after ALDE national chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu announced his run in this autumn’s presidential election.
The PSD leader added that each party makes its own calculations, starting from the election results of the European Parliament, after being asked about the fact that the PSD-ALDE coalition initially discussed fielding a common candidate.