B?sescu targets setting up new party

Romanian President Traian B?sescu confirmed on Thursday he would join People Movement Party (PMP) after he leaves Cotroceni for good in December. He also unveiled intention to set up a new party to be “a clean alternative” to the other parties in 2016. B?sescu slammed the fact PMP lined its pockets with prosecuted MPs. “This is a lesson to be learnt, that a new party must be set up with new people”, the President commented, before leaving for EC Summit in Brussels.

The head of state dismissed recent statements saying he is looking for ways to prolong his term. He explained his term ends on December 21 at midnight and he could not, constitutionally speaking, stay in office not for an hour more. Asked if there is any constitutional provision to extend the incumbent president’s term, B?sescu answered: “In war time, God forbid!”

However, the Romanian President did not miss the opportunity to attack one more time the first two frontrunners in the presidential elections, Victor Ponta and Klaus Iohannis. B?sescu said he regretted that Romanians had to choose between “a puppet of his own party” and “a conflicting person”.

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