Humanist Power Party


The Humanist Power Party (Social-Liberal) (Romanian: Partidul Puterii Umaniste (social-liberal), PPU-SL) is a centre-left political party in Romania. It was founded in 2015 by members of the Conservative Party (PC) who did not want to merge with the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR), led by Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu.[2]

Humanist Power Party
(Social-Liberal)

Partidul Puterii Umaniste (social-liberal)
AbbreviationPPU
PresidentDaniel Ionașcu[1]
General SecretaryLiviu Neagu
FounderDan Voiculescu
Founded28 September 2015 (2015-09-28)
Split fromConservative Party
HeadquartersPiața Presei Libere nr. 1, Sector 1, Bucharest
Ideology
Political positionCentre-left[citation needed]
European Parliament groupProgressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Colors  Blue
Senate
1 / 136
Chamber of Deputies
4 / 330
European Parliament
1 / 33
Mayors
3 / 3,176
County Councilors
0 / 1,340
Local Council Councilors
170 / 39,900
Website
https://ppusl.ro/

History


In the summer of 2015, the Conservative Party (PC), led by Daniel Constantin, merged with the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR), creating the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE).[3] At the same time, PC MEP Maria Grapini opposed this decision, criticizing the disappearance of the party's ideology and announced that she would join a new group, the Party of Humanist Power (PPU).

Controversy


In 2018, former Sector 4 mayor, Cristian Popescu Piedone join PPU and reentered politics,[4] having previously been prosecuted for the Colectiv nightclub fire back in 2015.[5] He was accounted responsible and in 2019 sentenced to 8 years in prison, but the sentence was not decisive and was attacked by the Bucharest Court of Appeal. With all the legal problems and controversy surrounding Piedone, PPU still endorsed him as candidate in the 2016 Romanian local elections for mayor of Sector 4[6] as well as in the 2020 Romanian local elections for mayor of Sector 5, winning the latter.[7]

Electoral history


Legislative elections

Election Chamber Senate Position Aftermath
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
2016 2,599 0.04
7 / 329
1
3,066 0.04
0 / 136
 12th  Extra-parliamentary support for PSD-ALDE government (2017–2019)
Extra-parliamentary support for PSD minority government (2019)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to PNL minority government (2019–2020)
Opposition to PNL minority government (2020)
2020 70,536 1.19
4 / 330
1
59,465 1.01
1 / 136
1
 9th  Extra-parliamentary opposition to PNL-USR PLUS-UDMR government
(2020–2021)
Opposition to PNL-USR PLUS-UDMR government (2021–present)

Notes:

1 the MPs were elected on PSD list.

Local elections

National results
Election County Councilors (CJ) Mayors Local Councilors (CL) Popular vote  % Position
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
2016 21,916 0.26
0 / 1,434
N/A N/A
0 / 3,186
N/A N/A
0 / 40,067
N/A N/A N/A
2020 64,232 0.79
0 / 1,340
58,680 0.73
3 / 3,176
48,578 0.68
170 / 39,900
64,232 0.79  10th 
Mayor of Bucharest
Election Candidate First round
Votes Percentage Position
2020 Gabriela Firea1250,690
37.97%
 2nd 

Notes:

1 PSD candidate, Gabriela Firea, was endorsed by PPU

Presidential elections

Election Candidate First round Second round
Votes Percentage Position Votes Percentage Position
2019 Ramona Bruynseels244,275
2.65%
 7th not qualified

References