Update-PSD Executive Committee: Ministers replaced, Bucharest mayor to be stripped of political support. Firea resigns from the Bucharest PSD helm

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The Executive Committee of the ruling Social Democrat Party has convened today, with the Cabinet reshuffle and the case of Bucharest mayor, Gabriela Firea, hot on the list.

The ruling party has decided that six ministers should step aside: Paul Stanescu, Lucian Sova, Dănuț Andrușcă, Ioana Bran, George Ivașcu, Bogdan Cojocaru, while Defence minister Mihai Fifor has resigned.

Therefore, Lucian Sova steps down from the Transport ministry and will be replaced by Labour minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu, who is replaced by Marius Budai, the chairman of the Budget Committee in the Chamber of Deputies.

One of the dissidents in the party, Paul Stanescu will lose the Regional Development portfolio, which will be taken over by Ilan Laufer, who used to be minister for SMEs.

Resigning Mihai Fifor will be replaced by Gabriel Les, who also held the Defence portfolio in the Grindeanu Cabinet.

Dănuț Andrușcă from the Economy ministry will be replaced by Niculae Bădălău, and Culture minister George Ivașcu, will be replaced by PSD senator  Daniel Breaz.

Minister of Sports and Youth Ioana Bran is to be replaced by PSD deputy Constantin Bogdan Matei.

Before the party’s CexN, Liviu Dragnea and PM Viorica Dancila discusses with several Social Democrat leaders, while some „dissidents” led by Paul Stanescu had an encounter in another office.

By far the most expected decision is related though to Bucharest mayor, Gabriela Firea, who is expected to be stripped of the party’s political endorsement.

As information pointed that Firea will most probably remain also without the positions of national vice-president, of PSD Ilfov chairwoman and will no longer be the interim PSD Bucharest chairwoman either, the mayor has announced on Monday that she is resigning from the helm of the PSD Bucharest organization.

It seems the decision has been taken during a private meeting in Dragnea’s office at the Parliament on Sunday evening.

“It’s regrettable that we already know what is going to happen in the meeting and it hasn’t started yet. It is not democratic and according to the regulation to debate a certain situation in the party in offices, in restaurants,” Firea stated, adding that she has heard the information she will be stripped of the political support from the TV and that nobody has talked to her about that.

Firea had told a private broadcaster on Sunday evening that she doesn’t know if she will be sanctioned at Mondays sitting, adding though that a potential loss of the party positions will not affect her politically, but only humanly. She also said she doesn’t want to be ousted from the party.

On the other hand, asked last week about ousting Firea from PSD, chairman Liviu Dragnea has ironically commented that „the party cannot lose such a person”.

According to preliminary information, Firea will be replaced by Gabriel Mutu, district 6 mayor at the helm of the PSD Bucharest branch.

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