Published: February 28,2009
Bucharest (Romania), Feb 28 (AFP) Former Romanian prime minister Manea Manescu, a close ally of the country&aposs communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, has died at the age of 92, media reports said today. Manescu, who joined the communist party in 1944, held several posts before being appointed premier in 1974, a post he held until 1979.
At the time of the anti-communist uprising in 1989 which brought down Ceausescu he was a member of the party&aposs executive Politbureau. On December 22 that year he accompanied the fleeing dictator and his wife Elena on the helicopter taking them away from the party&aposs central committee building as it was stormed by tens of thousands of demonstrators. In February 1990 he was handed a life sentence for"genocide"along with three other top officials in the regime, accused of putting down the uprising.