Prime Minister Victor Ponta has stated on Thursday that if the Social Liberal Union (USL) had still existed, he would have never ran against Crin Antonescu in the presidential elections and that he considers the former National Liberal Party (PNL) chairman as the sole potential presidential competitor from PNL and the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL).
The National Liberal Party, PNL, Romania’s biggest opposition party, elected Klaus Iohannis as its new president on Saturday.
Iohannis, 55, an ethnic German and popular mayor of Transylvanian city of Sibiu, has replaced former parliament speaker Crin Antonescu, and has promised to revive the party’s popularity.
Klaus Iohannis in the Liberals' Congress on Saturday was elected National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman.
Klaus Iohannis and Ioan Ghise ran for the party's chairmanship.
Iohannis received 1,334 votes from the delegates to the Congress and Ghise received 144 votes.
A total number of 1,519 votes were cast, out of which 1,479 valid and 41 null. AGERPRES
National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman ad interim Klaus Iohannis reasserted that he is willing to run for President, if nominated by his party; he pointed out that he seriously considers a victory against incumbent PM Victor Ponta in the presidential race.
'If the party proposes it, I am willing to candidate,' Iohannis said on Monday evening at Realitatea TV.