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White smoke after the PNL-USR meeting on the government formula: Citu and Ciolos, confident in the chances of rebuilding the former coalition

Citu: There are high chances to rebuild the coalition with USR

National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Florin Citu said on Wednesday, after the meeting with the Save Romania Union (USR) representatives, that there are high chances to rebuild the coalition between the two parties, specifying that the discussion that the two parties had “looked a lot like group therapy.”

He said that during the meeting, the principles and the governing program were discussed.

“There are high chances, I came out optimistic from this meeting. There are great chances for the coalition to be rebuilt,” Citu said.


Ciolos, after discussion with PNL: I felt willingness  to rebuild the former ruling coalition


Save Romania Union (USR) national leader Dacian Ciolos said on Wednesday that in his conversations with the National Liberal Party (PNL) negotiating team, he felt that there was readiness to rebuild their former ruling coalition, but that he was waiting for a clear response from the Liberals.

“I felt that there was this availability [to rebuild the coalition], but you know how it is, I don’t follow my feelings anymore. I’ll believe it when I see it. I told my PNL colleagues that we are waiting for them to have the discussion with PSD [Social Democratic Party] because we know that there have been advanced discussions in recent days: let them have the discussion with PSD, do their calculations and late today or early tomorrow let them come up with an answer, decide whether or not we continue with negotiations on the restoration of the coalition,” said Ciolos.


Citu: We have clear mandate: Majority around PNL, with Liberal prime minister


Earlier  on Wednesday, PNL chairman announced   that the Liberals will go to the consultations at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace with a proposal for prime minister.

“The prime minister is appointed by the president of Romania. (…) When we go to the consultations, we will go with a proposal, of course,” Citu said in Parliament, before the negotiations with Save Romania Union (USR).

Asked if the PNL could support a government with a Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) prime minister, he replied: “No. At the moment, we have a mandate: the PNL is building a majority around the PNL, with a PNL prime minister.”

The PNL leader specified that, on Tuesday evening, he talked on the phone with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader, Marcel Ciolacu, for the meeting of the negotiating teams.

“We will see if our programme and theirs meet,” Citu said, asking if the meeting could take place on Wednesday.

Also, when asked if he would agree with a proposal for a prime minister from PSD, he replied: “No. We have a clear mandate: a majority around the PNL, with a Liberal prime minister.”


Mathematically, PNL Gov’t with USR as junior partner can muster Parliament approval


Chairman of National Liberal party (PNL) Florin Citu also declared on Wednesday that “mathematically”, a Liberal government with the Save Romania Union (USR) as junior partner has the necessary votes to get Parliament’s approval.

Citu said the Liberals will also discuss with the Social Democrats, but that the mandate is for a government around PNL and headed by a Liberal Prime Minister.

“We added flexibility to the mandate, we are negotiating with all the democratic forces in the Parliament of Romania. We will now meet our USR colleagues and see after discussions how we are moving further,” Citu said.

Asked if he would accept USR’s request that he should not be nominated again for Prime Minister, Citu replied. “Why this question? After all, this is a discussion, we are going to discuss principles. We’ll see what our colleagues have to say. It’s clearly an important step on our part. There are a few things we don’t give up on. First of all, we have a very important governing program. The National Recovery and Resilience Plan is already negotiated. All the Liberal principles are on the table, the rest is up for discussion,” said Florin Citu.

Asked if he would accept the same USR proposals for ministers, he replied: “We will now sit down for talks and then we’ll see the conclusions.”

He said that the PNL will also discuss with the PSD, but with the same mandate. “We have clear goals in the governing program we do not abdicate from. We have negotiated with the European Commission the reforms we do not renounce. There will be no room for any form of populism to blow up the country’s stability. We have very clear aspects to negotiate. (…) I said it very clearly that we are going with a governing mandate around PNL, which means a Liberal Prime Minister,” Florin Citu said.

According to him, “the negotiations must take exactly as long as it is necessary to reach stability and come to terms on a government capable of getting Romania through this period.”

Citu also mentioned that he had a discussion with President Klaus Iohannis.


Compiled from Agerpres

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