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Liberals come up with clarifications about early elections, political parties’ leaders react. PNL’s plan for triggering snap polls excludes PM Orban’s resignation

Florin Roman: PNL’s plan for triggering snap polls excludes PM Orban’s resignation

National Liberal Party (PNL) leaders come up with clarifications about their plan and strategy for triggering early elections. The party’s floor leader in the Chamber of Deputies Florin Roman said on Monday that PNL’s plan to set the early elections into motion excludes the option of Prime Minister Ludovic Orban (photo) stepping down from office.

“The prime minister has no reason to resign. Our plan excludes such option,” Roman said after a meeting of the PNL Executive Bureau responding to whether or not Orban’s resignation as the prime minister could pave the way for early elections.

He also indicated that the earliest time for local elections will be May 24, and the latest July 14.

“In a few days we will make the schedule public, because we also want an early general election,” said Roman, according to Agerpres.

 

ALDE’s Tariceanu: I ask the Gov’t to propose a timetable for local elections as soon as possible

 

Chairman Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has asked the Government on Monday to propose a timetable for local elections “as soon as possible” so that the parties be able to get organise properly and reiterated that he is in favour of two rounds of elections, the solution for this legislative amendment being, in his view, the adoption of an emergency ordinance.

“Local elections are approaching fast, this is why I ask the Government to propose a timetable as soon as possible, so that the parties be able to know the date for the unfolding of elections and get organise accordingly. This is a very important thing which cannot be postponed in any way and which rests with the Government, which organises the elections. Certainly, the very important topic is how these elections will be organised and I can say that the ALDE is unequivocally in favour of electing mayors in two rounds, this was in fact one of the subjects we agreed with the PNL [the National Liberal Party] prior to the investiture vote which took place in Parliament,” Tariceanu told a news conference, at the ALDE headquarters.

 

Ponta:  Pro Romania doesn’t oppose early elections, however, we won’t help them

 

Chairman of the Pro Romania Victor Ponta has stated on Monday that his political formation doesn’t oppose the organisation of early elections, however it doesn’t support this demarche and it won’t help the Liberals (the National Liberal Party).

“If they want to organise early elections Pro Romania will not oppose in any way, however, we won’t help them, as we haven’t helped them when they took office. Let them file a censure motion against their own Government, the PSD [the Social Democratic Party] did it with Dragnea, the PNL can do the same thing, too with Orban or find another method, which I cannot see at the moment,” Ponta stated after the meeting of the Executive Bureau.

Pro Romania Chairman brought to mind that early elections can be organised only through the resignation of the Orban Government.

In Victor Ponta’s opinion, the Liberals want early elections because the state budget on which they took responsibility is unrealistic, “it is a bridge-budget until the elections.”

 

USR’s Barna reiterates his support for the organisation of snap polls: A necessary political step

 

USR (Save Romania Union) leader Dan Barna on Monday reiterated his support for the organisation of snap polls, and also for the election of mayors in two rounds.

“The USR-PLUS (Liberty, Unity, Solidarity Party) Alliance remains consistent in the message that it has kept sending for the past two years: that Romania needs to elect its mayors in two rounds. This would be a natural and necessary – and we also think – an obligatory and moral return to the true meaning of representative democracy. We will continue to support this. In fact, we also included this topic in the protocol that we signed with Prime Minister Orban when his Cabinet was sworn in. With regard to early polls, we still have the same opinion – and we’ve also seen the statements made by the President and the PM – so that we wait for the necessary consultations to be held in the following days to be able to make new steps in that direction, for this is a political action that we think it’s necessary if we want a majority in Parliament that will allow Romania to start these reforms that, unfortunately, for now, are possible if the Government takes responsibility,” the USR leader said in a press statement released at the end of the meeting of the joint bureaus of USR and PLUS.

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