Ruling PSD eyes major change-over among party leaders

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The new head of the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) eyes rebranding the party by stripping it of communist, corruption and baron labels. In order to bring a new ‘blow’ on the general outlook, Dragnea intends to promote new “clean” people in the leadership positions, unblended with corruption charges.

A first amendment in the party’s statute is that a leader targeting to be elected in the National Standing Bureau is compelled to give up other positions held at the local level.

“I hope that PSD breaking from communism will start with me. A party member cannot have a position at central and local level at the same time,” he says.

Under these circumstances, most of the Social Democrat vice-presidents might not run for new terms at the Congress due on October 18, and new names will come up, as PSD sources told local media.

Mihai Fifor (leader of PSD senators), MEP Victor Negrescu, Ionut Vulpescu (Culture minister) or Gabriela Szabo (former athlete, acting Youth and Sports minister) will be promoted in the new leadership.

The Chamber of Deputies Speaker Valeriu Zgonea is endorsed by Dragnea for the executive president position.

According to the new ‘flow chart’ of the party, there will be 14 vice-presidents, with four seats booked for the Social Democrat women. Gabriela Firea will still be the party’s spokeswoman and Marian Neacsu is favored for the secretary general position.

After the congress, the party will elect eight regional leaders.

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