UDMR decision to endorse a presidential candidate, grounded in the candidate’s programme

MEP Iuliu Winkler has given an interview in which he talks about the alliance policy of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) in the context of the presidential election in Romania and the qualities the future President of Romania should met.

Winkler says that the UDMR decision to endorse one candidate over the other in the presidential election is grounded in the candidate’s programme, his vision of the future of the country, as well as the framework within which UDMR may carry out its own programme as a representative of the Hungarian community of Romania.
The interests of the Hungarian community regard the implementation of the concept of the state of law built as a democracy based on clear separation of the state powers and the supremacy of Parliament as the lawmaking body of the country.

Membership of a European political family is filtered through the principle of subsidiarity and such membership cannot replace assuming some values, among which the UDMR’s values should also be found.
‘The election decision on December 6 will be connected to the vision the two candidates are sharing with us concerning the projects for Romania in the years to come. To this end, all the proposals, and sometimes the commitments of the candidates, are regarded to a great extent as deeds the future Romanian Government is called to fulfil.

We are talking here about a failure of the 2003 revision of the Constitution. We can see that the confusion over the powers of the state institutions has deepened and the Romanian voter is confused about the sense of his or her decision on December 6,’ said Winkler.

Winkler says that after the November 22 first round of the presidential election, UDMR and the National Liberal Party (PNL) concluded an agreement to solve the ongoing political crisis by assembling a transparent parliamentary majority that secures support for a stable Government. According to the opinion of the agreement signatories, such a Government has to be headed by independent Klaus Johannis, as validated by a plenary vote of Romania’s two chambers of Parliament.

The UDMR’s objectives and the desiderata of the Hungarian community of Romania, says Winkler, are well-known and have been enunciated at least four times at the ballots of the past two years, with the most recent occasion being the run of MP Kelemen Hunor in the presidential race as an UDMR candidate. Drawing up a government programme and winning the agreement of our political partners over the objectives of the UDMR will make up the object of the negotiations to start on December 7, says Winkler.

In concluding his interview, Winkler says UDMR believes the President should be the President of all Romanians. That is why, he adds, UDMR believes Romania’s President, irrespective of who he may be in the end, should have the skills required to coalesce the forces in the Romanian society, to forge alliances and build coalitions, to generate converging actions grounded in the future of Romania as a member state of the European Union.


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