Saturday, March 21, 2009

Romanian former PM loses party leadership in election

BUCHAREST, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Romanian former Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu lost his leadership of the country's National Liberal Party in an election, according to results released on Friday.

He will be replaced by Crin Antonescu, vice president of the party, who was elected with 873 votes against Popescu-Tariceanu's 546 votes in the party's congress.

Popescu-Tariceanu was prime minister of the country from 2004 to 2008.

Antonescu, born on Sept. 21, 1959, served as minister of youth and sports between 1997 and 2000.

After winning the party leadership, Antonescu will be designated as the liberal candidate in the presidential election later this year, reports said.

The National Liberal Party came third in last year's parliamentary election.

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