Minister of Labor Raluca Turcan declared on Tuesday that it is "dishonorable" for the Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban, to support the "public lynching campaign" of Prime Minister Florin Citu.
"As regards the latest public appearances of the PNL leader, Ludovic Orban, the team of those who support Florin Citu's candidacy disapproves of the behavior lacking in political fair play and his statements, that bring serious damage to our party. We consider it is dishonorable for the PNL leader to support the public lynching campaign of the premier supported by the National Liberal Party. Never in PNL's history has there been such a moment and it is desirable that there should not be another in the future.
She added that it is not normal for the current PNL chair to "sit in without reaction and even encourage serious accusations and improper language" against the Liberal prime minister.
"It is not normal for the PNL leader to attack the president of Romania, our party's strongest political partner in the last 7 years. The stakes and personal ambitions should not be pursued by any PNL member, especially by the incumbent president to the detriment of the party and the government's stakes. The attack on our own colleagues, on the government and on the president of Romania is counterproductive for our party, and the internal campaign for the position of PNL leader must not turn into a personal quarrel which makes us vulnerable in front of opponents. In these circumstances, we must thank the current party leader for everything he has done well so far for the PNL, to guide him to a more honorable exit from the current campaign and, hopefully, on September 25, from the position he no longer honors according to the expectations and interests of our party," concluded Turcan, Agerpres informs.