The scandal stirred at the Center for the Study of Securitate Archives (CNSAS) has expanded. A press conference called by Ticu Dumitrescu, an anti-Communist who claims the leadership of the institution, was monopolized by Corneliu Turianu, the man officially voted to lead the body.

The latter told the press how he had been chosen as the head of the institution based on the Democratic Party nominee’s vote, Dan Lazea.

Turianu wrote a public letter to PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu accusing Tariceanu of political meddling within the activity of the CNSAS and of staging a democratic coup against him.

Ticu Dumitrescu has asked journalists to follow him outside where he has announced his decision of not stepping down from the CNSAS. Dumitrescu said he had been contacted by president Traian Basescu with whom he would meet next week.

The National Liberal Party (PNL) leaders met on Friday to discuss about the situation developed within the last few days in the CNSAS. Following a three hours meeting, the leader of the PNL Calin Popescu Tariceanu announced his party’s decision to adopt a resolution of supporting Ticu Dumitrescu.

Tariceanu asked the Democrats to reconsider their proposal of Corneliu Turianu as the leader of the CNSAS and respect their political commitment. If PD maintains the initial proposal, the Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu will issue an emergency ordinance to revoke the current CNSAS head.

"We believe that there’s a need for moral recompense in regard with what has happened during the Communist regime, and a real reform for finding the truth is only possible with Ticu Dumitrescu as the CNSAS head."

Protesters have continued their rally on Friday in front of the institution showing support for Ticu Dumitrescu.