Yesterday the Conservatives announced their decision to quit the government because of the latter's failures. The PC (Conservative Party) explained: "Coalition partners have passed none of the Conservatives' legislative initiatives in the last resolution of the National Council." All the representatives of the PC Permanent Committee agreed to the decision announced yesterday and claimed it was because of the "severe political crisis caused by the President of Romania Traian Basescu, by the Democrat Party and Theodor Stolojan, with overt offense against the prime minister and the National Liberal Party."
There have been rumored several scenarios on the Conservatives' sudden abandonment. There are PC members who claim this decision is the expression of the Conservatives' wish for revenge and for overthrowing political plans "that would have come out soon". One plan the Conservatives have heard about concerns the Democrats' decision to quit the government on December 9 and leave PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu without support. They say the Democrats' next move would have been to join the PSD (Social-Democrat Party) and the adepts of the Stolojan-Stoica project too in order to make a government. The same PC sources say in case it had failed, the Democrats wouldn't have given it up and they would have even tried to bring early elections in. Another scenario the Conservatives have been rumoring is that Voiculescu reached secret deal with President Basescu in order to sack the Romanian PM. There are also sources who claim the PC is to be engulfed by the National Liberal Party.
Democrats plot early elections
Sources Mediafax Agency invokes claim the Democrats have proposed to Tariceanu that he should continue as a PM for two more years in case of early elections. If the PNL (National Liberal Party), turned the offer down, they say, the PD may decide to quit the government: "If Tariceanu agrees to early elections, he will continue to be a PM in the future and then a Democrat may take over the government." The same sources explain that after early elections the future Coalition may get to include the PD, the PNL and the adepts of the Stolojan-Stoica group.
According to sources, unless the PM gives up and unless the Liberals agree to early elections, the Democrats may step back from the government. There are PD sources who claim the PM said that, regardless of his opinion on early elections, this was actually up to MPs. He also commented that the latter might be against overthrowing the government, for fear they should no longer be on the future election lists and lose official positions. (V.D.)