Former Social Democrat vice president Sorin Oprescu, elected as independent candidate as mayor of Bucharest, declared on Tuesday that he will not run in the presidential elections this year and will offer his support to the new Liberal Party president, Crin Antonescu.

The Bucharest mayor says that be will be "by Crin's side" as a "moral reply" to Antonescu's support in Oprescu's campaign for the Bucharest City Hall.

"He's not corrupt, he's not a tramp, he's a smart, honest man", said Oprescu. Still, Oprescu does not refuse the idea of running for president in the future elections, Gandul notes, but not before fulfilling his promises to the city of Bucharest. The only certain thing, Oprescu says, is that he will not return to the Social Democrat Party.