Transports minister, current mayor and PSD spokeperson - possible candidates runnig for Bucharest City Hall Liberal (PNL) Transports minister Ludovic Orban, incumbent Democratic (PD-L) mayor Adriean Videanu and Social Democrats (PSD) spokesperson Cristian Diaconescu are possible candidates running for the top job at the Bucharest City Hall, according to sources from the three parties. Parties have already started talks on nominations for local elections due to take place in Romania this year. 
Former Justice Minister named state counselor on judicial issues Former Justice minister Tudor Chiuariu was named state counselor on judicial issues, internal affairs and anti-corruption for the prime minister, a press release of the Romanian government informs on Tuesday. Anti-graft prosecutors however, have requested the President's approval to start investigating Chiuariu. The Executive press release adds that Chiuariu was named due to the experience he obtained during his previous jobs.
Romanian PM sticks to Norica Nicolai nomination as Justice minister Romanian PM Tariceanu on Monday met with Norica Nicolai, the governing Liberal Party (PNL) nominee for the seat of Justice minister, to assure her that he will continue to support her despite President Traian Basescu's recent accusations of malpractice against the Liberal senator, governmental sources quoted by news television Antena 3 say.
Transports Minister Orban announces his intention to run for Bucharest Mayor seat Romania Transports minister Ludovic Orban, recently involved in a car accident scandal, said in a HotNews.ro - BBC interview this weekend that he intended to run for for Bucharest City Hall but his final decision will depend upon a his Liberal Party decision. Orban says that local elections will be held on time, in May 25 - June 15. He also said in the interview that the government still supported the nomination of a controversial senator, Norica Nicolai, for the seat of Justice minister, but said a final decision in this regard would be taken on Wednesday.
Romanian President Traian Basescu rejects Norica Nicolai as Justice minister nominee Romanian PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu received on Tuesday a letter from President Traian Basescu in which he was soliciting to come up with another proposal for the seat of Justice minister in the current government, Romanian TV news station Antena 3 informs. Basescu wrote that the Liberal's proposal, MP Norica Nicolai was not likely to regain the people's trust in the justice system, due to her political track.
INSOMAR survey: Democrats - 40%, Social Democrats - 18% and Liberals -13% If Parliamentary elections would take place next Sunday, Democrats (PD) will receive 40% of the votes, closely followed by the Social Democrats (PSD) with 18% and governing Liberals with only 13%, Hungarian Democrats (UDMR) 7% and Liberal Democrats (now merged with Democrats), 6%m according to a new study by Romanian pollster INSOMAR.
Liberal vice president: President Basescu is the main adversary of Liberals Liberal vice president Crin Antonescu supports party colleague Norica Nicolai for the vacant Justice Minister seat and point at president Basescu, a former ally in the 2004 elections, as the main adversary of his party. In an interview for Hotnews.ro, Antonescu discusses the results at the European Parliament elections, the presumptive opposition within the party and the recent resignation of some heads of party branches around the country. 
Social Democratic leader Geoana reaches for help from former PSD bosses Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Mircea Geoana admits in a BBC-HotNews.ro interview to have met Liberal PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu to discuss the new 2008 budget proposal. Geoana also talked about his party strategy after the European Parliamentary elections.
Ex-Communist dictator Ceausescu seen as best and worst political leader in Romania Former Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu is considered the best political leader Romania ever had, according to the 2007 Public Opinion Barometer published by the Soros Foundation on Thursday. Current President Traian Basescu is considered the second best political leader with a historical role after Nicolae Ceausescu and before Ion Iliescu, the first post-Communist head of state.
Democrats vote in favor of merger with a heavy heart The session of the Democrat Party College calmed things for a while on Wednesday. Democrats were forced to accept the merger with the Liberal - Democrats and, one by one, resignedly signed. Still, behind closed doors, the leaders of the party expressed their discontent. According to sources, the head of Democrats, Emil Boc, tried to calm down his party colleagues, saying that the merger is obligatory, with all the drawbacks it involves, and that statements and riots may not be visible, so that the party wouldn't lose its supporters. 
Political supporters of President Basescu join forces in newly born Romanian party The Democratic Party (PD) has announced its merger with the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) to create the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL). The leaders of the two parties announced on Monday that their groups will merge to form a new political party. Until internal elections take place, it will be lead by the former Democratic leader Emil Boc and by two vice-presidents: Theodor Stolojan of PLD and another PD designated one.
Romania opposition Social Democrats dismiss rumored offer to ally with governing Liberals The leader of the main opposition party in Romania, the Social Democrats (PSD), announced on Monday that his group would stick to the opposition, thus dismissing earlier claims that the governing Liberals (PNL) would negotiate a possible entry of the PSD in the government. PSD leader Mircea Geoana said his group would continue to oppose both the parties that are now part of the governing coalition and the political groups supporting President Traian Basescu.
US Ambassador: Romanian constitution is too weak to support a democracy US Ambassador to Romania Nicholas Taubman said in a talk show on the Romanian public television this weekend that the constitution of Romania is too weak to support a democracy. He added that the constitution is easily manipulated or tricked. Taubman argues that the core document needs to be rewritten or at least adjusted.
Electoral Office hands mandates to 35 new MEPs The Central Electoral Office handed on Friday the official representation mandates to the new 35 Romanian Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). After receiving the mandates, the 35 must also be validated by the European Parliament.
Few answer Romania President call for talks following low-turnout Sunday poll Romanian President Traian Basescu has invited parliamentary parties for consultations on Thursday, November 29 following the two polls that took place in Romania last Sunday - a referendum on changing the the electoral system in Romania and the first European elections in the country. But only three parties agreed to attend the Thursday talks: the two parties supporting the president and the Hungarian Democrats.
Far-right leader Tudor changes mind on leaving Romania Parliament The leader of the far-right Greater Romania Party (PRM), Corneliu Vadim Tudor, announced on Tuesday he reconsidered his decision to withdraw from the Parliament, as announced on Sunday night. Tudor had made the announcement after exit polls at the first European elections that took place in Romania on Sunday showed his party failed to win enough votes in order to enter the European Parliament.
Democrats threaten party branch leaders over voter apathy in Sunday elections The failure of the main party supporting Romania President Traian Basescu, the Democrats (PD), to lure a majority of voters to a referendum called last Sunday by the head of state is now being transferred to PD party branch leaders. PD secretary general Vasile Blaga declared on Monday after a party meeting that the central leadership of the group would reshuffle several party branches. Blaga also admitted he was dissatisfied with the elections results of the PD in the first EU elections that took place in the country also on Sunday.
Romania far-right leader C.V. Tudor announces resignation from Parliament The leader of the far-right Greater Romania Party (PRM), Corneliu Vadim Tudor, announced on Sunday evening that he would resign from the Romanian Parliament on Monday morning following the announcement of the results for the first European elections that took place in Romania. PRM received only 3.4% of the votes, well below the necessary threshold to enter the European Parliament.
Chronology of recent election turnout in Romania, new member states The low turnout reported in the first European elections that took place in Romania on Sunday was nothing exceptional among other EU countries and follows a trend that has been visible back home for years. As long as the EP elections are concerned, Romania falls in the lower ranks among EU member states in terms of turnout.
Romania governing Liberals, opposition faction boycotting referendum on uninominal vote Romanian PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu and several other leaders of the governing Liberals (PNL) said that they did not vote in a referendum on the introduction of uninominal voting on Sunday as they saw it as a futile poll. They said they only voted in the first European Parliament elections in Romania, a poll that also takes place today. The same stand was adopted by a faction of the main opposition party, the Social Democrats (PSD).


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