Romania spy chief nominated to replace PM Emil Boc..austerity claims another scalp
Romania’s president has nominated the country’s intelligence service chief as prime minister hours after Emil Bloc resigned amid austerity protests.
“The ruling coalition agreed to appoint Mihai Razvan Ungureanu as prime minister designate,” President Traian Basescu said in a statement.
The nomination now requires approval by Romania’s parliament.
Mr Boc said he was stepping down to “defuse political and social tension” in the face of three weeks of protests.
Speaking after a cabinet meeting, he said he had given up the government’s mandate as “it is the moment for important political decisions”.
Although Romania’s economy grew last year, the government has been hit by widespread demonstrations.
Mr Boc has imposed a 25% cut in public sector wages and a freeze on pensions.
Sales tax was also increased to 24%, in a country seen as Europe’s second poorest.
Romania said it needed to implement the measures to qualify for the next instalment of a 20bn-euro ($25bn; £17bn) bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
From 1985 to 1989, Ungureanu was an alternate member of the Union of Communist Youth Central Committee. After finishing his undergraduate studies in history and philosophy at the University of Iaşi in 1992, he went on to the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, an affiliated programme of St Cross College at the University of Oxford, where he obtained a Master’s degree in 1993. He received aPh.D. degree from the University of Iaşi in 2004.
austerity creates the problem..then they fix it..and another leader whos in the pocket takes over, unelected..what a plan..