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 Orban: My resignation as Deputies' Chamber Speaker - on Monday on table of new PNL leader

The former chair of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban, announced on Saturday that his resignation from the position of Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies will be on Monday on the table of the new chairman of the Liberals', Florin Citu.

"My resignation as Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies will be on Monday on the table of the elected chairman, Florin Citu," announced Ludovic Orban, after the announcement of the results of the PNL congress.

After congratulating the winner, Ludovic Orban spoke, in his speech, about the attachment he has towards Liberal values.

"Over my career of 31 years I defended Liberal plans and acted constantly to put into practice Liberal policies, to achieve a leap that Romania needs. I will remain consistent, I will keep my conviction and political action to defend democracy, to defend Liberal rights and freedoms, to defend Liberal values and I will continue to act as I have until now, together with my colleagues," said the former chair of the PNL.

He also stated, after losing the elections for a new mandate at the helm of the National Liberal Party (PNL), that he congratulates Prime Minister Florin Citu for his win and announced that he will have no sort of partnership with President Klaus Iohannis anymore.

"Between Ludovic Orban and Klaus Iohannis there is no more partnership," said Orban.

Former chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban, stated that he did his duty in relation to President Klaus Iohannis and that if the head of state desires partnership, he can have one with the elected chair of the party, Prime Minister Florin Citu.

He was asked if there was a way to mend matters with Klaus Iohannis, after, on Saturday, at the end of the PNL Congress, he stated that between him and the head of state, Klaus Iohannis, "there is no more partnership."

"I was the head of campaign for the PNL candidate to the Presidency, Klaus Iohannis. Together we managed a sensational score, the highest political score - both in the first and the second round - for a President of Romania. I believe that I did my duty in relation to Mr. Iohannis and things are as clear as can be. Surely, if he wants to have partnership, he should have it with the elected chair of the party," said Orban, after voting in the PNL National Council, where the other leadership positions of the party are determined.

In regards to the fact that President Iohannis could have influenced the result of the vote in Congress, Orban replied: "You were witness to the congress. What can I say. I can tell you I've never lived through such a congress before."

In regards to the vote for the other positions in the PNL leadership, which is taking place, on Sunday, as part of the National Council, he said that it is "freely expressed, there is no control system." 



Monday, September 27, 2021