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1st LD Writethru: Romania's major right-wing parties decide to merge


BUCHAREST, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Romania's two major right-wing parties, the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL), on Saturday took an important step for their merger, adopting unanimously in a joint congress the merger protocol and the statute of the new formation.

The merger protocol stipulates that the party resulting from the merger is to be called the National Liberal Party, with internal elections in the formation to take place after Jan. 1, 2017.

In the transition period before the internal elections, the party will have a 12-member Organizational Unification Commission composed of the chairmen and other important members of the two parties. Leadership at all levels is to be ensured equally, leaders coming from both parties.

Regarding the new party's participation in the coming presidential elections in Novermber, the protocol stipulates that the presidential candidate will be designated from one of the two parties, while the other party is to designate its candidate for the post of prime minister.

The two parliamentary parties have also unanimously approved the protocol of the electoral alliance "Liberal Christian Alliance PNL-PDL", which has been initiated for technical reasons, its sole purpose being to file a joint candidacy in the presidential elections, if the two-party merger is not approved by the courts until then.

"Our joint objective, the strongest, is to build a great center-right party," said PDL leader Vasile Blaga, adding that "the merger will be done thoroughly, step by step, in two years, in order to harmonize everything, in time."

PNL leader Klaus Iohannis, possible joint presidential candidate of the Liberal Christian Alliance, said "Today the great party of the Romanian right-wing was born, the great National Liberal Party. Together we are strong, together we have the chance not only to win the future elections, but to change Romania."

He emphasized that the great PNL wishes to cover a wide range of options, from radical liberals to social liberals, to those who have a conservative view or a Christian-Democrat view.