Iohannis elected as PNL chairman. He and Antonescu, both proposed to run for president

Newsroom 29/06/2014 | 11:43

Romania’s main opposition the National Liberal Party (PNL) in its Congress on Saturday elected Interim Chairman Klaus Iohannis chairman of the party.

Iohannis received 1,334 votes out of 1,479 valid, defeating Ioan Ghise, his only rival for the party’s chairmanship.

“It is an overwhelming vote. This result is very touching to me,” Iohannis told the congress, after the election.

Both Klaus Iohannis and Crin Antonescu, PNL’s former chairman, have accepted on Saturday to be proposed as PNL’s candidates for the presidential seat. Iohannis announced he will annul the Resolution regarding the PNL’s presidential candidate and will send it to the Permanent delegation, but the last thing the mayor of Sibiu wants is for his party to “go through a schism”.

“Dear liberals, I am happy to state that we are in the most fortunate position a serious party can be, to have two candidates.If we are in this situation then I believe at this time it is enough to make us glad. It is enough to be happy that we have two candidates. We don’t have to vote for anything today (…). The last thing I want is a schism in the party. I am not afraid of any competition and if I will have to compete with mister Antonescu then so be it. But not today”, according to the PNL chairman.

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