Aurelia Cristea, a former minister in the Ponta Cabinet and former Social Democrat deputy, on Thursday told Agerpres that Liviu Dragnea should be replaced at the party's helm as this would be the only solution to keep the political formation going.
"So far nobody has the courage to move to replace him. I think this is the only solution for the Social Democratic Party (PSD). Dragnea won't leave the PSD command unless sufficient members, sufficient organization heads demand this. Now it's the time to show some guts. Many are unhappy with Dragnea, but it's all about having the courage to stand up to him. It's the only solution for PSD to be able to govern in a fair manner to the benefit of the citizen. This would be good for all of us," said Aurelia Cristea.
She explained that Liviu Dragnea will be the one to cause PSD's disintegration and that he can "blow up" the country, which is the reason why the party chairmanship should be taken by someone else. Aurelia Cristea also spoke of the Social Democrat leader's authoritarian behavior. "I think Dragnea's behavior already taps into pathology, only that he has concealed this very well so far. The moment he became Chairman he took all the decisions to make sure that no one balks and if anyone dares to, he is immediately shown as a bad example. There is no real debate based on arguments on any specific theme. (...) Everybody must string along and tell him he is the best and cleverest," Aurelia Cristea said.
Aurelia Cristea announced on Wednesday her resignation from PSD, after more than 20 years of membership. She wrote on Facebook that she took "the decision in the early hours of the morning after a dark night for Romania because she cannot endorse - not even as a member - a criminal group that is temporarily at the lead of PSD and of the country." Cristea told AGERPRES on Thursday that at least for now she is not interested in joining any political party and that she can get involved in public life without being a party member.