Thursday, March 13, 2008

Romania Right & Left Parties Eye Deal

BalkanInsight.com

10 March 2008
Bucharest _ The ruling right-wing Liberal National Party (PNL) and the left-wing Social Democratic Party (PSD) are set to agree to cooperate for elections later this year.

The leaders of the two parties discussed a possible deal on Friday evening in a closed doors meeting.

Following speculation in the press, PSD President, Mircea Geoana, said Monday that there were preliminary discussions for the two parties to cooperate, but gave no further details.

He said the two parties agreed to be silent until a final decision. PNL members refused to comment on the meeting and even initially denied talks had taken place.

If a deal is reached, this would be the first time in the country’s postcomunist history that parties from both sides of the political spectrum have cooperated before or after the elections.

The Social Democrats have been instrumental in keeping Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s PNL in power since last year’s collapse of his coalition with the Democratic Party left Tariceanu with the formal support of just a fifth of deputies in parliament.

Two weeks ago, Geoana demanded the government to step down to make way for elections months ahead of the scheduled vote to be held at the end of the year.

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