Romanian PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu remains unchallenged in his attempt to get a new term as president of the National Liberal Party (PNL), one of the two key members of the governing coalition in Bucharest. But some 60 candidates have submitted applications to take over one of the 30 seats in the political board of the party as the political group prepares for a national congress on Friday.

Tariceanu has been facing lots of troubles for months, however, as a large number of PNL members opted to leave the party an join a new political movement led by ex-PNL president Theodor Stolojan.

Stolojan is seen as close to President Traian Basescu and his Democratic Party (PD), which have been at loggerheads with Tariceanu’s PNL ever since the two groups joined forces to form the current governing coalition two years ago.