Romania: Tensions arise in PSD-Dăncilă does not quit

Romania: Tensions arise in PSD-Dăncilă does not quit

Despite the fact that the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and its candidate achieved the lowest, historically, percentage of votes in a presidential election, that did not stop Viorica Dăncilă from declaring immediately after the result that she would not give up the party’s leadership, and that only the Congress could impeach her. Despite her reluctance to give up, PSD is silently getting ready for the next day.

Dăncilă announced late last night that the Executive Committee would meet on Tuesday to reflect upon the electoral result and the dissatisfaction within the party. Political analysts believe that a decision for a congress to be held is plausible in the near future.

The PSD president believes that she is not the only one to blame for the bad outcome; the local actors who did not support her as much as they should have, thus leading to the loss of counties that traditionally voted for the Social Democrats, should also be held accountable.

In an interview with Digi24, she underlined that it was impossible within just five months to raise the party’s low popularity after the European elections and what had gone down before that, despite the fact that its governance was good and it had raised salaries and pensions. She also stressed that she nominated herself because she was asked by the party, she worked hard and ruled well. Now, she added, the goal is to win the 2020 municipal elections.

Dăncilă threatened the “Barons” (regional leaders) who failed to achieve a 50% + 1 vote in their constituencies, that they would pay for the defeat themselves, as they did not mobilize the party mechanism, while she left insinuations about them disapproving of her nomination. She thinks that the problem was the turnout since, as she said in the press conference as well, she had secured more than three million votes, which she pointed out were equivalent to those in 2016, when PSD raised 46%.

Sunday’s outcome may be the beginning of the end for Viorica Dăncilă. The big question, however, remains whether there is an executive capable of taking over the party and securing a prospect of governance again. As analysts point out, so far in PSD there has always been a No 2, a shadow president ready to take on during a difficult time; indeed, there was. But now this No 2 does not exist.

Dăncilă’s succession to the PSD leadership includes names such as Eugen Teodorovici, Marcel Ciolacu and Gabriela Firea.

Eugen Teodorovici wants the PSD leadership, but will have to find allies among the barons who could force Miss Dăncilă to resign.

On the other hand, Bucharest’s strongest political mayor, Gabriela Firea, focusing on next year’s municipal elections, appeared in her statements to România TV with intentions to unify the party, arguing that she is not interested in the PSD leadership and that right now the questions and answers are the number priority; not the blaming.

The Speaker of Parliament, Marcel Ciolacu, is reported in the press as a possible temporary solution to the issue of leadership. Ciolacu, in a post on Facebook, described the outcome secured by Viorica Dăncilă in the presidential elections as “disastrous”, and stressed that PSD was in need of a fresh start.

Niculae Bădălău once again called for “radical decisions”, pointing out in his statements to Antena3 that in the last 2-3 years only temporary solutions were provided, which turned out to be costly for everyone. /ibna