The National Liberal Party on Wednesday evening made the predictable move to withdraw Marian Munteanu from the Bucharest city hall race. Political sources told local media that Catalin Predoiu, the leader of the party Bucharest branch is the new candidate to run for the Bucharest mayor seat.
Predoiu is the fourth candidate that Liberals are throwing in the Bucharest city hall race in the past three months. Predoiu’s validation is to take place on Thursday afternoon within PNL’s National Political Bureau.
Munteanu was the third nominated to compete for the mayor’s seat in the Capital after Ludovic Orban and Cristian Busoi, being withdrawn after only one week. He stated that following discussions with the PNL leaders and due to internal tensions, he decided to step back from the electoral race so that he should not affect “the team unity” of PNL Bucharest.
The former leader of students was designated as candidate for the Bucharest city hall on April 12th, one day after his predecessor Ludovic Orban had announced he stepped aside from the electoral race and from all party positions due to the anti-corruption investigation against him.
The decision to nominate Munteanu was Okayed with a large majority, with the Liberal honorary president, Mircea Ionescu Quitus being the only one who abstained from voting.