Monday, December 1, 2008

Military parade to mark Romania's 90th birthday

Monday, December 1, 2008

BUCHAREST, Romania: Some 2,000 members of Romania's military have taken part in a parade in downtown Bucharest to mark the country's 90th birthday.

President Traian Basescu laid a wreath Monday at Bucharest's Triumphal Arch to mark the moment when the northwest region of Transylvania joined the rest of Romania.

Thousands are expected to join celebrations in the Transylvanian city of Alba Iulia to mark the unification of Dec. 1, 1918.

Formerly part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Transylvania was awarded to Romania after the end of World War I. Romania joined World War 1 in 1916 on the side of the Allies.

Monday's celebrations have been overshadowed by the uncertain results of Sunday's parliamentary elections.

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