Liviu Dragnea launched candidacy to PSD chairmanship

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Liviu Dragnea, the interim chairman of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), on Sunday launched his candidacy to the party’s chairmanship. He said it was not easy for him to run for this position, expressing hope PM Victor Ponta would vote for him.

“I want to let you know I have decided to run for PSD’s chair. I admit it was not an easy decision, for several reasons. One you know very well, as it’s constantly mentioned on TV — some say this decision can be a risk for me,” Dragnea told the conference of his home Teleorman County constituency. He also referred to his sentence for voting fraud, in a trial still under appeal.

“I am hoping Victor (Ponta) would vote me. He told me he’d endorse me and that he hoped I made it in this project (…) I admit his support means a lot for me,” Dragnea said.

Interim PSD leader said he would like to transform the party so that it could become “a stability factor” in the domestic politics.

Dragnea argued that PSD should give up all useless political fights, adding that Romania has lost many opportunities in the past 10 years due to these conflicts.

Dragnea asked that PSD rules should be observed from the basis of the party up to top, slamming some leaders’ attitude to consider they might ask some exceptions if they have leading positions.

Apart from Teleorman organization of the party, 26 PSD county branches already announced their support to Dragnea’s candidacy: Alba, Arad, Bacau, Botosani, Bihor, Braila, Buzau, Calarasi, Caras-Severin, Constanta, Dambovita, Dolj, Galati, Giurgiu, Gorj, Hunedoara, Maramures, Mehedinti, Olt, Salaj, Satu Mare, Sibiu, Suceava, Timis, Vaslui, and Bucharest’s 6th District.

All party members should vote directly on October 11 for their new leader, one week before the party’s congress. So far, only Liviu Dragnea and senator Daniel Savu are running for the party’s chairmanship. District 3 mayor Robert Negoita and senator Serban Nicolae withdrew from the race.

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