Friday, March 23, 2007

Romania: President signs decree for PM's caretaker Foreign Min

23 March 2007

President Traian Basescu signed a decree appointing Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu as caretaker Foreign Minister so that he may fulfil the foreign minister's tasks, ACT Media news agency reports.

Tariceanu decided to head the Foreign Affairs Ministry temporarily, until the Constitutional Court rules on this case and until the settlement of the current crisis which the premier says was generated by Basescu's refusal to accept the nomination of Liberal deputy and MEP Adrian Cioroianu as the new Romanian Foreign Minister.

The prime minister argued Romania should benefit from adequate representation in the European Union, notably after having joined the European bloc, and in its relation with other states and this is not possible since the foreign ministry doesn't have a minister to head it.Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu resigned from the post in early February, in the wake of a row related to two Romanian workers detained in Iraq, and about whose situation the premier had not been informed by the foreign ministry.

The National Liberal Party on Feb. 19 nominated Cioroianu to take up the foreign minister's post, by the president refused to approve the proposal.Basescu said he appreciates Cioroianu's parliamentary activity, but insisted the foreign ministry should be led by a person having experience in foreign policy, taking into account that Romania's projects in this field need continuity.

The president underscored he had announced the prime minister of this view before Cioroianu was nominated for the job.

Source: ACT Media News Agency

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