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August 17, 2022

PM Ciuca receives seniority derogation from the PNL statute to run for party chairman

The National Liberal Party (PNL)’s Executive Bureau established on Tuesday a derogation from the statute regarding seniority so that the Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca can run for the position of party’s chairman, announced the PNL spokesman Ionut Stroe.

“Today, several decisions have been taken about the organization of the extraordinary congress. The first of them is related to the convening of the county steering boards (…). The second decision is related to certain attributions and responsibilities delegated to the Secretary General, Lucian Bode, for a transitional period until the end of his term of office, and the third decision is related to a derogation from the statute regarding the conditions of seniority in the party for running for the party’s chairmanship for Mr. Nicolae Ciuca. There is high expectation in the party about this candidacy, From our point of view, there are all the conditions for this candidacy, for granting this derogation because the prime minister is a strong leader. We consider he can ensure a much stronger connection between the Government and the party,” Stroe said at PNL headquarters, according to Agerpres.

The liberal added that the PNL has always been flexible when it comes to such a derogation.

He said that on Wednesday, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca would submit his candidacy.

The statute of the National Liberal Party stipulates that, “in exceptional cases, the Executive Bureau may approve derogations from the seniority provided for in the Regulation on political career”. It is also stipulated that any member of the party can run for the PNL chair if he/she has a seniority of at least five years.

Nicolae Ciuca joined the PNL in October 2020.

Last Saturday, Florin Citu announced his resignation from the position of PNL chairman.

First Deputy Chairman Gheorghe Flutur became interim head.

The extraordinary congress of the PNL for the election of a new chair of the party will take place on Sunday, from 11.00, at the Parliament Palace.

The deadline for submitting the motions is set for Wednesday, at 18.00, and the debates within the county steering committees will have to take place by Friday, at 22.00. A draft motion will be accepted if it has the support of at least ten decisions of county steering committees.

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