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People's Movement Party


The People's Movement (Romanian: Mișcarea Populară, MP) is a political party in Romania. It was created as a political foundation in March 2013 by supporters of then president Traian Băsescu, following his break with the leadership of the Democratic Liberal Party around former Senate speaker Vasile Blaga.[1] It was transformed into a political party in July 2013[2] and re-launched on 29 January 2014.[3]

The MP identifies itself as Christian democratic and liberal.[2] The new party's chairman after June 2014 was former minister of regional development and tourism and Băsescu's confidante Elena Udrea. Other notable members include former culture minister Theodor Paleologu, former foreign minister Teodor Baconschi, former minister of education Daniel Funeriu, member of European Parliament (MEP) Cristian Preda,[4] Băsescu's daughter and MEP Elena Băsescu.[5] and former Foreign Minister and head of the presidential administration Cristian Diaconescu.[6]

In the 2014 European Parliament election, the party won 6.2% of the votes and two of Romania's 32 seats. Its Members of the European Parliament Siegfried Mureșan and Cristian Preda joined the Christian-democratic group of the European People's Party, although Preda has since been expelled from the party. On 12 September 2014, the PMP was admitted as a full member to the European People's Party.[7]

For the November 2014 presidential election, the MP nominated Elena Udrea. She was also endorsed by the Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party (PNȚCD). With 5.2% of the popular vote, she was placed fourth and did not qualify for the second round. The party asked its voters to support Klaus Iohannis (PNL) in the runoff election.[8]

External links

  • Website of the MP

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