Monday, February 23, 2009

No official residence available for Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc

By Associated Press

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister is living in a rented apartment two months after starting work because the state can't find permanent housing for him.

Romania has no official residence for the prime minister or president. And the government says former public officials aren't moving out of the few high-quality state-owned homes and apartments in downtown Bucharest, the capital. They are required to leave two months after their terms end.

State Secretary Daniela Andreescu said Friday that she hopes to avoid taking legal action to remove a former dignitary from the state-owned home where Premier Emil Boc wants to live. She did not identify the official.

Meanwhile Boc, a former mayor in Transylvania, is living in a rented apartment not far from the government offices.

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