Romanian MEP Monica Macovei to start her own political party

Romanian politician Monica Macovei recently announced that she will launch a new “political structure” in the following days, according to a post on her Facebook page. Macovei ran as an independent in the first round of the presidential elections and came fifth, with 4.44% of the votes.

She had better results in the large cities: in Bucharest she got 12% of the votes, in Cluj-Napoca she got 11.87%, in Timisoara – 9.23%, in Constanta – 8.84% and in Iasi she passed 10% of the votes, she said. More than 15% of the Romanians abroad also voted for Macovei. “Statistics indicate that those who voted for me are mostly young people, between 18 and 35 and with higher education,” Macovei said.

Monica Macovei, 55, was a prosecutor and a lawyer. In December 2004, she became Justice Minister, a position which she held until April 2007. She joined the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) in 2009 and won a seat in the European Parliament. She was reelected as member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 2014.

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