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Romania: Opposition Party In Conflict

Prague, 5 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - A major leadership conflict has erupted in Romania's main opposition party, the Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR).

Tuesday, the party's Chairman, former president Ion Iliescu, criticized Iosif Boda, a party deputy, for demanding the resignation of PDSR Deputy Chairman Adrian Nastase. Iliescu acknowledged the party was divided into several groupings that "fight each other for the leadership." He added that he intended to apologize to the PDSR for having placed Boda on its lists during the last elections.

Boda, who managed Iliescu's campaign in 1996, was also sanctioned with a "warning" by the PDSR for his comments.

Teodor Melescanu, also a deputy party chairman, proposed as a possible replacement for Iliescu last month, defended Boda saying everybody was entitled to a personal opinion. Another major party figure, former Minister of Economic Reform Mircea Cosea, also rallied to Boda's defense.