Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (Romania)

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (Romanian: Alianța Liberalilor și Democraților, ALDE) is a liberal[1] political party in Romania. In 2020, it merged into PRO Romania rebranding itself thus into PRO Romania Social Liberal (Romanian: PRO România Social-Liberal). In early 2021, ALDE seceded from PRO Romania, as of the cause of poor electoral results from the local and legislative elections held during the previous year.

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats

Alianța Liberalilor și Democraților
PresidentDaniel Olteanu
Executive PresidentsCristian Dima
FounderCălin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Founded19 June 2015
Merger ofLiberal Reformist Party (PLR) and Conservative Party (PC)
Political positionCentre[4][5] to centre-right[6][7][8]
Regional affiliationLiberal South East European Network
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (2015–2019)
International affiliationLiberal International (Observer)
Colours  Blue
0 / 136
Chamber of Deputies
0 / 330
European Parliament
0 / 33
15 / 3,176
County Councilors
15 / 1,340
Local Council Councilors
861 / 39,900


The party was founded on 19 June 2015 following a merger of the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR) and Conservative Party (PC).[9][10] On 19 November 2015 the party was admitted into the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.[11] In the 2016 legislative election on 11 December 2016, ALDE received 5.6% of the vote and 20 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, and 6.0% of the vote and 6 seats in the Senate.

On 19 December 2016, party co-presidents Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu and Daniel Constantin signed an accord with Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea to form a new coalition government with ALDE as the junior partner.[12] On 30 May 2019 the party withdrew from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.[13] The relation between ALDE Romania and ALDE Europe were strained after the ALDE-supported government coalition had passed laws that were deemed by the Venice Commission and ALDE Europe to undermine the independence of the judiciary.[14] The leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Guy Verhofstadt, had participated previously at a rally of the oppositional USR-PLUS.[15]

ALDE Romania withdrew from their coalition with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) on 26 August 2019 and moved to opposition.[16] In 2020, ALDE merged with PRO Romania, forming a party which took the name PRO Romania Social-Liberal (Romanian: PRO România Social-Liberal).[17] During early 2021 however, ALDE seceded from PRO Romania due to internal frictions between Ponta and Popescu-Tăriceanu as well as due to poor results from the local and legislative elections held throughout the previous year.[18] As of March 2021, ALDE is solely active at local political level in Romania.

Electoral history

Legislative elections

Election Chamber Senate Position Aftermath
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
2012 did not exist1
25 / 412
did not exist
6 / 176
PSD-UNPR-ALDE government (2014–2015)
Supporting the technocratic Cioloș Cabinet (2015–2017)
2016 396,386 5.62
20 / 329
423,728 6.01
9 / 136
 5th  PSD-ALDE government (2017–2019)
Opposition to PSD minority government (2019)
Supporting PNL minority government (2019–2020)
Opposition to PNL minority government (2020)
2020 did not compete2 Extra-parliamentary opposition to PNL-USR PLUS-UDMR government (2020–present)

1 the MPs were elected on PC & PNL lists.
2 members of ALDE ran on PRO Romania list.

Local elections

National results
Election County Councilors (CJ) Mayors Local Councilors (CL) Popular vote  % Position
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
2016 411,823 4.98
95 / 1,434
315,236 3.69
195 / 3,186
390,321 4.66
2,284 / 40,067
N/A N/A  3rd 
2020 209,411 2.91
15 / 1,340
124,649 1.67
15 / 3,176
189,665 2.58
861 / 39,900
N/A N/A  7th 
Mayor of Bucharest
Election Candidate First round
Votes Percentage Position
2016 Daniel Barbu17,455
2020 Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu9,892

Presidential elections

Election Candidate First round Second round
Votes Percentage Position Votes Percentage Position
2019 Mircea Diaconu1815,201
 4th not qualified


1 Mircea Diaconu was the candidate of the "One Man" Alliance; alliance members: Pro Romania and ALDE.

European elections

ElectionVotesPercentageMEPsPositionEU PartyEP Group
2019 372,760 4.11%
0 / 32
 7th  ALDE


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