Prime Minister Victor Ponta told Antena 3 private news broadcaster late on Wednesday that he is willing to offer former Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and other members of his new party, the Reformist Liberal Party, positions within the Government.
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"Definitely yes, in the sense that, if there is a significant group of parliamentarians who have been with us until last night, so they do not show up from somewhere else in the world, they have been working alongside us until last night, they have supported our projects, I obviously wish they would support the Government, be represented and I am convinced that even a Liberal ideological presence is good for the Government. I don't think that all the good things in the world are done by the Social Democrats. (...) I don't believe that the Social Democrats are the only ones coming up with some good solutions; I think the Liberals and the Ecologists as well have their own," Ponta said.
However, the head of Government pointed out that Tariceanu requested him no position in the Government, although he wishes the former PM be part of his team.
"I really wish we could have a Government of Romania, not a Government of the Social Democratic Party or of the Social Democratic Union plus the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania, but a Government belonging to Romania. From this point of view, if other competent people decide to join Mr. Tariceanu's party, of course I wish they be part even of the Government. However, I want to make it clear once again because he will be most likely be attacked on this matter: there is no question about Mr. Tariceanu becoming a Cabinet member and he did no request me such a thing, it's not that I don't agree, but he did not ask me and he does not want a position for himself," the Premier said.
Senator Calin Popescu Tariceanu, who freshly resigned from the National Liberal Party, announced in a televised show late on Wednesday that he would set up a new Liberal formation to be called the Reformist Liberal Party, after having come to the conclusion that the ruptured Social Liberal Union needs a Liberal component. AGERPRES