Viorica Dancila has resigned from the PSD chairwoman position on Tuesday evening after a tense Executive Committee that last more than six hours.
The Chamber Speaker Marcel Ciolacu has been named as her interim successor, while Paul Stanescu, leader of PSD Olt, as interim secretary general until the party Congress due on February, 2020.
“I understood my colleagues’ opinion, that a party reset is wanted, that someone must assume the result of the presidential election. It is not a moment of weakness, it is a moment of dignity and I consider I had to resign as PSD chairwoman. It is a step I took for the party. We did our best to obtain a good result, but following discussions I understood a party reset is wanted and this reset means another vision, another programme. I want to guarantee my colleagues that Viorica Dancila will be part of the next team to win the upcoming elections”, said Viorica Dăncilă.
In his turn, the new interim leader of PSD, Marcel Ciolacu, said:
“I want to thank Mrs Dancila, our former chairwoman. It was a mature CEx meeting. We all assumed the multiple errors made in the elections and we concluded a reset of the party is needed, not a slaughter with heads down. Actually no head has been down today, and, as a first, the former leader is part of the party’s women team.”
Ciolacu explained that in the future interim leadership next to him and secretary general Paul Stanescu there also the leaders of the county branches where Dancila ranked first in the presidential election runoff, meaning the PSD leaders of Teleorman, Mehedinti, Gorj, Giurgiu.
He added that the new interim leadership should also have a regional representation and proposals have been made to cover all 8 regions of Romania: Gabriel Zetea, Gliga Vasile, Nistor Laurențiu, Claudiu Manda, Federovici, Benea, Dan Nica, Pavel Marian, Gabriela Firea and Mutu Gabriel.
“Until Mrs. Dancila, it was common that the party should be led by a daddy, but it’s over, now this party will be led by a team,” Ciolacu said.
Along with Dancila, secretary general Mihai Fifor and the PSD vice-presidents resigned, except for the executive president Eugen Teodorovici who announced he will sue the party, arguing the new leaders of the party have acted against the party’s rules. Teodorovici says that he was elected executive president within a Congress and he thus should lose his position also within a Congress.
There has also been an incident, with the leader of PSD Vrancea Marian Oprisan attacking Gabriela Firea and calling her a “Securitate-like maneuver person” and with Firea leaving the CEx sitting in tears, media reported.
However, Firea denied the injuries, saying it was just a discussion, and avoiding to say if she cried.