National Liberal Party (PNL) co-chair Alina Gorghiu said on Tuesday that the party is split on whether they should come up with a designated prime minister before the general election. The decision is to be made in early October, she added.
"We will have a very good team running for Parliament, we will probably have a candidate for prime minister, but it is not really mandatory. It's another debate that needs to conclude. There are two currents, as you may well know: some say we need a PM designate to communicate in a credible way the government program we're working on and we want to show to the electorate. But there is another opinion current which is quite strong and says: people, we are about to have a general election, we are talking about Parliament, not about the Government. In order to talk about the Government, you need to talk about what you want to do in Parliament, what projects you have and how you set up your mechanism," Gorghiu pointed out, speaking after a meeting of PNL's National Political Bureau.
She also said that PNL is able to bring out a PM from any region, "people who can be successful prime ministers at any given time." "I wouldn't want to be in a hurry and circulate names. Any name we would circulate right now or any name we'd come up with would be better than [former PM Victor] Ponta, [head of the Social Democrat Party Liviu] Dragnea, who are facing credibility problems. I confess there were moments I made mistakes because my colleagues and I were in a hurry to make a decision. So, we'll see, probably at the beginning of October, whether or not to come up with a PM recommendation," she added.