Competition between PSD and PD-L for top position in June 7 elections

Social Democratic Party (PSD) and Democrat Liberal Party (PD-L), ruling coalition members are in fierce competition to take the top position as a result of the Euro-parliamentary elections on June 7 because this would secure clearer prospects for the presidential elections in the autumn and would allow the nomination of the future European Commissioner, Ziarul financiar daily reports in a commentary.
The parties’ target at the Euro-parliamentary elections is that from the 33 mandate Romania is entitled to, PSD would get 13-14, PD-L – 13-15, National Liberal Party (PNL, in opposition) – 7-8, UDMR, in opposition – 3.
The politicians’ opinion is that for PSD and PD-L to rank second would mean a major failure, irrespective of the number of mandates, whereas a major success for PNL would be to gather 20 percent of the votes.
In the opinion polls PD-L and PSD are almost on a par, with a slight advantage for PSD, but it is included in the error margin of the opinion polls, assessed the aforementioned newspaper, stressing at the same time that the two political formations benefit of approximately 30 percent of the vote intentions, to be translated into 11-12 mandates for each party.
Mircea Geoana, PSD leader, was the first who straightly spelled the stake in these elections of the fight between the two parties forming the ruling coalition: „The party which will win the highest number of European Parliament mandates is to designate the future Romania’s European Commissioner”.
On the other hand, Gheorghe Flutur, strategist of PD-L electoral campaign, said that his party did not fix a target, its plans being just to get a higher percentage compared to past elections. PLD (broken from PNL) got three mandates in 2007 elections and the former Democratic Party (PD) – 13. But meantime PLD merged with PD under PD-L caption, holding at present 16 mandates in the European Parliament, by compounding the number. PSD got 10 mandates, PNL – 6 and UDMR – 2.
PSD stated its target is to become the sixth party, according to weight, included in the EP Socialist group, given that Romania is the seventh country in the Union as for the number of population. Such a score would allow PSD to claim leading positions in the parliamentary committees and to even give a vice-president to the Parliament, maintain the leaders of this party.
Unofficially, the two parties admit that the biggest failure, irrespective of the number of mandates, would be to rank second in these elections. Because success or failure can mobilize or demobilize the party members in the prospect of the presidential elections the two formations are fully engaged in a fierce electoral battle, Ziarul financiar reads.
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