We had the National Salvation Front and we had the historical parties,The National Peasant Christian and Democratic Party (PNTCD
), The National Liberal Party (PNL).
Rural voters, who were grateful for the restoration of most agricultural land to farmers but fearful of change, strongly favored President Ion Iliescu and the FDSN, while the urban electorate favored the CDR (a coalition made up of several parties--among which the PNTCD
and the PNL were the strongest--and civic organizations) and quicker reform.
The electoral result of the PNTCD, still part of CDR and still the only conservative party in Parliament, doubled in 1996.
Noticing the space left after PNTCD lost its electoral power, insufficiently represented by PC, PDL emerged as the main conservative party, gaining 32% of the votes and taking over government.
PNTCD represents a party with deep historical roots in modern Romanian history (36) and is still regarded, despite its electoral misfortunes in the 2000s, as an important forerunner of Christian democracy in Romania.
However, during the first years after 1989, the PNTCD was perceived rather as the main opposing force to the remnant communist structures and mentalities and less as a promoter of Christian democracy, whose principles remained unclear to a large part of its members.
In contrast, the opposition's main parties, the National Liberal Party (PNL), and the National Peasant-Christian Democrat Party (PNTCD
) favored quick, sweeping reforms, immediate privatization, and reducing the role of the ex-communist elite.
On the third place was the PD-L candidate, Constantin Aleca with 19.59% (516 votes), followed by Mircea Chirca (UNPR) with 16.40% (432 votes), Marin Vaduva (PRM)--3.34% (88 votes), Maria Petrosanu (FC)--0.53% (14 votes); Aurel Busoiu (PNTCD
)--0.41% (11 votes) and Nicolae Gadoiu (PV).
Petre Nitu (the PRM candidate), Georgeta Dumitrascu Rita (PNTCD
), Viorel Florescu (The Popular and Social Protection Party) had a smaller chance to promote their electoral offers.
The alliance comprised three of the most important historical parties (PNTCD
, PNL and PSDR) and other political formations.
(18) He was elected as MP in 1996 from the National Democrat Peasant Party (PNTCD
In Romania, PNTCD
, continuatorul partidului crestin-democrat din perioada interbelica, nu a reusit sa depaseasca pragul electoral.