Virgiliu Pâslariuc: We cannot lose presidential office as this is not only a symbolical institution

This year’s presidential elections are very important for the Republic of Moldova, if not crucial, considers PAS MP Virgiliu Pâslariuc. According to him, the country’s course during the next few years depends on the regaining of the presidential institution. The parties of the right cannot lose the presidential office as this is not only a symbolical institution. The issue was discussed in a public debate titled “Political or apolitical, party or common candidate for next elections, why?” that was staged by IPN News Agency.

“A combative President who has political will and who is backed by solid parties can do many things. That’s why it is very important to find those common points. The people should understand that the presidential elections are not a contest in which one can simply take part. They must be won. We do not take part only to show off and see what percentage we can gain. We need to regain this extremely important instrument that will enable us to revitalize our European project,” stated Virgiliu Pâslariuc.

The MP considers the politicians’ opinion about themselves does not matter in politics. What matters is the voters’ opinion. There are instruments for determining who the people want – a combative, intelligent President with character who would really represent the people. “Another question is what should be done to achieve this desideratum. Starting from the candidate’s profile, we must agree those common instruments and points that would match the national interest – to regain the presidential institution,” he stated. According to him, the person who has the potential to unite should have a particular profile. The candidate should be a known person with particular merits, with a view and should be trusted by the people. The presidential institution is trusted considerably, judging by the legitimacy of the election of the President by the people.

The politician noted the parties of the right, especially those of the ACUM Bloc, now have the duty to identify common points and they have all the chances to do this successfully as they share the same pro-European values and this is very important. “I would not draw this artificial demarcation line between the pro-European parties and the unionist parties. We should not forget that Romania forms part of the European Union. Those who plead for integration into the EU should understand that society must met very important and necessary criteria for entry. We must raise the standards. We cannot antagonize and say that Romania is something and the European Union is something else, and this is our key message: we start from the same common values: rule of law, reformation of the justice sector, sustainable economy and European integration in one form or another,” opined the MP.

He noted it is not true that the PAS didn’t try to discuss with the partners from the ACUM Bloc so as to identify a common candidate for the new elections in Hâncești. “We entered these elections as a common entity, as a bloc and we tried to agree a candidate with our partners. Mister Cobzac refused to run from the start. Surely, it would have been good to use the same formula, but he opposed. We then did those measurements on the Internet and discussed inside the party who the candidate can be. We decided this should be a person with national profile as we indeed need vocal persons, specialists, professionals, jurists to represent the constituencies, including this one, in Moldova’s Parliament. The partners proposed another candidate, but the PAS had reasons to field its candidate. We were ready to compete in the formula of the ACUM Bloc,” stated Virgiliu Pâslariuc.

The debate “Political or apolitical, party or common candidate for next elections, why?” was the 124th installment of the series of debates “Developing political culture through public debates” that are supported by the German foundation “Hanns Seidel”.

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