PNL’s Orban says PSD remains main adversary, USR-PLUS shouldn’t have candidate for Presidency

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PNL chairman Ludovic Orban says “it would have been better” if the USR-PLUS Alliance did not nominate a candidate for the presidential election, explaining that in the battle against PSD the vote will be split.

“It is their right to have a candidate, it would have been better not to have a candidate, because in the battle against PSD it will split the vote of the non-PSD or anti-PSD electorate. It is democracy, any party can have a candidate,” Orban said Tuesday evening for TVR 1 public television.

The PNL leader specified that the political adversary remains PSD, which has structures in the territory.

“The PSD still has 22.5% of the ballots, it has an electorate of about 23-24%. It has decreased because PSD, if you remember, won the election by 46.5%. Today, it has reached less than half. Our political opponent is PSD and the PSD-ALDE ruling coalition. I am not the one to say that PSD is gone, the PSD is defeated. PSD is not represented only by the national leaders. In the local administration structures PSD has nearly 1,700 mayors, it has the power, has the government, controls the administration and needs to be treated with the utmost seriousness, and we are preparing a strategy to fight PSD, because we cannot fight the others,” Orban said.

He recalled that the best well-placed social-democratic candidate is Gabriela Vranceanu Firea, Bucharest mayor.

“Anyone who has had access to sociological research knows that today the best positioned PSD member is Gabriela Vranceanu Firea. It is a known thing. (…) I worked with three polling houses and we did not publish the results, because we do not make surveys to manipulate the public opinion.

Most polling houses that have released polls, with the exception of INSCOP, have produced some results that have nothing to do with the political reality in regard to the election for European Parliament,” Orban said.

Orban added that President Klaus Iohannis has more than 40% voting intentions, and Firea has a confidence rate of about 35%.

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