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What the newspapers say: October 15, 2007

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Luni, 15 octombrie 2007, 0:00


Newspapers on Monday read about the yearly pilgrimage thousands of Romanians made this weekend to touch the relics of Saint Parascheva in the north-eastern city of Iasi.

Also in the news today, former Liberal Foreign Affairs minister Razvan Ungureanu talks about the upcoming European Parliamentary elections and their impact upon the Romanian political scene.

More from the Liberal camp, party leaders urge their members to take actions to gain political capital.

Newspapers on Monday read about thousands of Romanians in pilgrimage in Iasi, to touch the relics of Saint Parascheva, Adevarul informs.

The newspaper notes that even if thousands of people waited patiently in the cold, in harsh conditions to get to the relics, politicians of all parties received a warm welcoming.

Representatives of all political parties were present on Saturday to celebrate Saint Parascheva’s miracles and gain more political capital among the throngs of voters there.

Adevarul reads that President Traian Basescu even if present in Iasi, refused to enter the Church, on grounds of not having waited in the long queue people had formed.

In a huge queue of about 5 km long, believers from all over Romania gathered in Iasi where the Church has prepared food, warm tea, soft drinks, beer and wine to comfort them.

Gandul reads about the VIP Cathedral that hosted politicians, eager to knee in front of the relics while thousands of people waited outside, in the cold and rain, being denied access inside.

The paper adds that Democrats were advised that, even if in Iasi with business, they should not be photographed near the relics or the Cathedral.

As European Parliamentary elections are approaching in Romania, Democrats carefully plan their political image.

On the other side of the political spectrum, Former Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister, Mihai Razvan Ungureanu talks for Adevarul about the impact European Parliamentary elections will have upon the domestic political scene.

Ungureanu says that the Liberal party’s candidates for the European elections are well balanced and they can promote the party in the European forum.

As a former minister, Ungureanu only predicts the impact of the European elections upon the Romanian scene: he outlines the people’s migration from party to party, and new repositioning schemes.

Moreover, he adds that he would engage in a restructuring project of the Liberal party when the time will come.

When asked about the current threats the Liberals are facing, Ungureanu seems confident that the party can gain by its side a Parliamentary majority, now that the censure motion against it failed.

Elsewhere in the news, Liberal party leaders urge their members to keep up campaigning for their political capital, as the party passes rough times - alluding to the investigations of several former/current Liberal minister by anti-graft prosecutors, Evenimentul Zilei reads.

Liberal voices blame the President for the harassment over the last couple of months, arguing that even anti-graft prosecutors are used as a political tool to discredit the current government.
























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