Liberal Democratic Party (Romania)

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Liberal Democratic Party
Partidul Liberal Democrat
Last leader Theodor Stolojan
Founded December 2006
Dissolved January 2008
Split from National Liberal Party
Merged into Democratic Liberal Party
Headquarters Calea Victoriei 100, et.1, ap.16
Sector 1
Ideology Conservative liberalism
Political position Centre-right
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
European Parliament group EPP-ED
Colours Orange and blue

The Liberal Democratic Party (Romanian: Partidul Liberal Democrat, PLD) was a political party in Romania, formed in December 2006 as a breakaway group from the National Liberal Party (PNL). The Liberal Democratic Party was headed by Theodor Stolojan, a former PNL leader, and included a series of prominent former National Liberals, such as Gheorghe Flutur, Mona Muscă and Valeriu Stoica, who were opposed to the leadership of the PNL, now headed by Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu. The Liberal Democrats also advocated a closer co-operation with the Democratic Party (PD) and President Traian Băsescu. The PNL and the PD were part of the Justice and Truth governing alliance until Tăriceanu dismissed the PD ministers in April 2007 and formed a minority government with the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), marking the end of the alliance.[1]

The members of the PLD had initially grouped themselves in an informal organisation known as the Liberal Platform (Platforma Liberală). The slogan of the PLD was Progress, Liberty, Dignity.[2]

The PLD merged with the Democratic Party to form the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) in January 2008.[3][4] The merger was approved in a party congress on 2007-12-15 with 933 in favour, six abstentions and one against.[5]


On 22 January 2007, the vice-president of the PLD, Gheorghe Flutur, stated that the new party will forge a close relationship with the Romanian Orthodox Church, the country's largest religious denomination. Flutur declared that, "We believe that we must fight for the protection of [our] national identity, especially now, when Romania has entered the European Union. Here, we consider that we must have a very good relationship with the institution of the Romanian Orthodox Church and I think that [the church] must play a much more important role in the promotion of our traditions and customs."[6]

Merger with PD[edit]

The Liberal Democratic Party intended to join the European People's Party at EU level.[citation needed] In a televised show however, Vasile Blaga put an end to this rumor, stating PD will go alone at the European pariiamentary elections. In January 2008, however, the party merged with the Democratic Party to form the Democratic Liberal Party, which became a member of the European People's Party.

Electoral history[edit]

European elections[edit]

Election Votes % MEPs Position Political group
2007 398,901 7.8
3 / 35
4th European People's Party (EPP)


  1. ^, "Romania's prime minister names new Cabinet of minority government", Associated Press (International Herald Tribune), April 2, 2007
  2. ^ Sigla à la PD, statut de PNL Archived 2007-03-18 at the Wayback Machine., Evenimentul Zilei, December 28, 2006
  3. ^ Diana Elena Popa (2011). "Appendix 1". In Villy Tsakona; Diana Elena Popa. Studies in Political Humour: In Between Political Critique and Public Entertainment. John Benjamins Publishing. p. 162. ISBN 90-272-0637-6. 
  4. ^ Romanian parties that support president to merge : Europe World
  5. ^ Romania’s Liberal Democrats Vote Merger With Democrats - Engleza - Mediafax
  6. ^ Vicepresedintele PLD a luat calea Bisericii[permanent dead link] (The Vice-President of the PLD has gone the Church's way), Gândul, January 22, 2007

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