People's Movement Party

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The People's Movement Party (Romanian: Partidul Mișcarea Populară, PMP) is a political party in Romania. It was created as a political foundation in March 2013 by supporters of 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 PMP identifies itself as Christian democratic and liberal.[2] The new party's chairman since June 2014 is 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] and Băsescu's daughter and MEP Elena Băsescu.[5] In May 2014, former Foreign Minister and head of the presidential administration Cristian Diaconescu joined PMP and he will be the party's candidate to the presidential elections taking place in November 2014.[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 (MEPs) joined the Christian-democratic group of the European People's Party. On 12 September 2014, the PMP was admitted as a full member to the European People's Party.[7]

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  1. ^ Daniela Baragan (8 April 2013), Basescu ever closer to the People’s Movement, PDL takes distance from him, NineO' 
  2. ^ a b Popular Movement Party (PMP) officially registered,, 24 July 2013 
  3. ^ Alina Grigoras (29 January 2014), People’s Movement Party aims re-launching, NineO' 
  4. ^ Alina Grigoras (9 February 2014), Basescu starts electoral offensive through Popular Movement, NineO' 
  5. ^ Elena Băsescu s-a înscris în PMP, dar NU va candida la europarlamentare. Cum s-a încurcat EBA la „testul electoral”, Gâ, 24 March 2014 
  6. ^ Cristian Diaconescu joins PMP, NineOclock.Ro, 20 May 2014 
  7. ^ "EPP concerned over actions of radical Islamic militant groups and over latest political developments in Romania; welcomes five new member parties". European People's Party. 12 September 2014.