Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Romania Names New Interior Minister


Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) has proposed Liviu Dragnea for the post of Interior Minister, replacing Gabriel Oprea who resigned last week after a dispute over his pick for the head of the country's intelligence agency.

The controversy stems from Oprea's decision earlier this month to appoint Virgil Ardelean as the head of Interior Ministry intelligence agency MIRA.

Oprea's Social Democratic Party colleagues saw the move as breaking party ranks, because Ardelean is considered to be close to President Traian Basescu who used to lead the centrist Democratic Liberal Party (PDL).

The government is a coalition between the PDL and the PSD. Both parties have 9 ministries, each, while the Justice Minister is independent. The two parties formed a two party center-left coalition government after
no single party won a majority in elections last November.

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