Romanian Socialist Party (2003)

The Romanian Socialist Party (Romanian: Partidul Socialist Român) is a political party in Romania formed as the Socialist Alliance Party (PAS) in 2003. It developed out of the wing of the Socialist Party of Labour (PSM) that objected to the merger of PSM with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) in July 2003 and wanted the PSM to continue as a socialist party. The Romanian authorities did not recognize this group as part of PSM, and instead it took the name Socialist Alliance Party.

Romanian Socialist Party
Partidul Socialist Român
PresidentConstantin Rotaru [ro]
FoundedJuly 2003
Split fromSocialist Party of Labour
HeadquartersȘos. Olari 12, Sector 2
Bucharest
IdeologyMarxism
Democratic socialism
Socialist market economy
Progressivism
Left-wing populism
Left-wing nationalism (Romanian)
Equality feminism
Political positionLeft-wing
European affiliationParty of the European Left
International affiliationIMCWP
Colours  Red
Senate
0 / 136
Chamber of Deputies
0 / 330
European Parliament
0 / 33
Mayors
0 / 3,176
County Councilors
0 / 1,340
Local Council Councilors
3 / 39,900
Website
www.psr.org.ro

After absorbing the United Left Party in 2009, the party merged into the Socialist Alternative Party in late 2013. In late 2014, the merged party changed its name to the Socialist Party of Romania, replacing the party of the same name defunct since 2013. The unregistered present-day Romanian Communist Party (PCR; which has since gained registration after changing its name to the Communitarian Party of Romania) had argued that the SPR is a pseudo-communist party.[1]

The then-PAS decided to rename itself the Romanian Communist Party at an extraordinary party congress in July 2010, placing itself in the tradition of the party of the same name founded in 1921. The renaming was however rejected by the Bucharest tribunal.

In 2013, it won 34 local seats. The party is led by a 165-member National Committee, a 60-member Directive Committee and a 60-member Executive Bureau. The SPR was a founding member of the Party of the European Left.

Electoral historyEdit

Legislative electionsEdit

Election Chamber Senate Position Aftermath
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
2004 28,429 0.28
0 / 332
37,019 0.36
0 / 137
 15th 
(as PAS)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to DA-PUR-UDMR government (2004–2007)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to PNL-UDMR minority government (2007–2008)
2008 did not compete Extra-parliamentary opposition to PDL-PSD government (2008–2009)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to PDL-UNPR-UDMR government (2009–2012)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to USL government (2012)
2012 2,331 0.03
0 / 412
2,171 0.03
0 / 176
 9th  Extra-parliamentary opposition to USL government (2013–2014)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to PSD-UNPR-UDMR-PC government (2014)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to PSD-UNPR-ALDE government (2014–2015)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to the technocratic Cioloș Cabinet (2015–2017)
2016 24,580 0.35
0 / 329
32,808 0.47
0 / 136
 11th  Extra-parliamentary support for PSD-ALDE government (2017–2019)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to PSD minority government (2019)
Extra-parliamentary opposition to PNL minority government (2019–2020)
2020 19,693 0.33
0 / 330
23,093 0.39
0 / 136
 12th  Extra-parliamentary opposition to PNL-USR-PLUS-UDMR government (2020–2021)

Local electionsEdit

Election County Councilors (CJ) Mayors Local Councilors (CL) Popular vote % Position
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
2020 3,223 0.04
0 / 1,340
817 0.01
0 / 3,176
1,361 0.02
3 / 39,900
N/A N/A  52nd 

Presidential electionsEdit

Election Candidate First round Second round
Votes Percentage Position Votes Percentage Position
2004 did not compete
2009 Constantin Rotaru 43,684
0.45%
 9th  not qualified
2014 Constantin Rotaru 28,805
0.30%
 13th  not qualified
2019 did not compete

European electionsEdit

Election Votes Percentage MEPs Position EU Party EP Group
2007 28,484 0.55%
0 / 35
 13th 
(as PAS)
PEL
2009 did not compete PEL
2014 did not compete PEL
2019 40,135 0.44%
0 / 32
 14th  PEL

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