National chair of the Save Union Romania (USR) and a presidential candidate Dan Barna is convinced that he will win this November’s presidential election and says that Viorica Dancila, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) candidate will not make it to the second round of the presidential election after her cabinet was ousted one day previously by a no-confidence vote.
“Various bets are being made that Mrs Dancila and PSD will take the votes, put them in a bag (…) and hand the bag over to Mr Diaconu [an independent presidential candidate] and there will be a big change in perspective. I am very calm because the Romanians are intelligent people and the Romanians understand what are the real options are on the table and what the sequences in the comic opera that is being fed to us on various television channels. I am very optimistic that yesterday’s result only confirms a presidential run-off without PSD, which is a legitimate and common sense expectation of the society. (…) The healing message that the electorate can send is a very simple one: a second round without PSD,” Barna said at a press conference on Friday.
Asked if he is convinced that he will win the presidential election, Barna replied: “I start my campaigning with my colleagues from the USR-PLUS Alliance, here in Sibiu where home is for me, and I am convinced that at the end the USR-Alliance PLUS will have taken a second step, its presidential candidate at Cotroceni.”
In Sibiu on Friday, Barna released the manifesto for the presidential election that includes 10 projects, including amending the Constitution, healthcare, education, infrastructure, environment and social and economic measures.
USR leader wants to change Constitution – President to head Gov’t meetings on budget, trigger early elections
The candidate of USR PLUS (Save Romania Union – Liberty, Unity, Solidarity Party) Alliance in the presidential elections, Deputy Dan Barna, proposes that in the future the president of Romania should lead the government meetings focusing budget and should also be able to initiate early polls in the event of a political crisis.
“The first of the priorities I propose is a constitutional reform, in which the president should be involved not only in the defense and national security policy, but he/she should also have a say and participate in the government meetings discussing the state budget,” Dan Barna told a press conference on Friday.
Barna also said he wants by amending the Constitution “to increase the powers of the president in the governing act, the participation in government meetings and the presidency and those regarding the budget”.
The USR leader believes that the president of Romania should also be able to trigger early elections in the event of a political crisis.
Dan Barna, supported by Dacian Ciolos, launched on Friday, in Sibiu, his programme for his presidential election campaign, structured in 10 projects, which refer to the modification of the Constitution, health, education, infrastructure, environment and social and economic measures.
PLUS leader Ciolos at the launch of Dan Barna’s candidacy for presidency: We can rule tomorrow
PLUS leader, ex-PM Dacian Ciolos, on Friday stated that the USR PLUS (Save Romania Union – Liberty, Unity, Solidarity Party) Alliance is ready to rule the country starting tomorrow, if needed.
“We are ready – the USR PLUS Alliance – to rule this country starting tomorrow, if needed. And I want this to be very clear. We are ready to rule this country starting tomorrow, if needed, but for this we need you, all of you; we need to bring all of you to the polling stations to tell this country the direction it should head towards. Which is why we’ve said that first of all we need early polls,” said Dacian Ciolos, at the launch of Dan Barna’s candidacy for the presidential elections.