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Simona Fodor
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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

RO president nominates again defense minister for PM position

President Klaus Iohannis nominated for a second time acting national defense minister Nicolae Ciucă as prime minister-designate, tasked with forming a Government.

Unlike the first time, when Ciucă was supported by the National Liberal Party (PNL), the nomination is now backed by a coalition made up of PNL, the Social Democrat Party (PSD), and the Hungarians’ Union (UDMR).

After the October 21 nomination, Ciucă attempted to gather support for a minority Government. He gave up on his mandate on November 2, one day before his Government was due to stand the Parliament’s vote, as the Liberals decided to attempt to form a majority to support the Government. 

Ciucă was nominated after PM-designate Dacian Cioloș failed to get the Parliament’s support in October. Iohannis had to nominate a new PM when the Government of Florin Cîțu fell after a no-confidence motion introduced by the Social Democrats (PSD) and supported by PNL and UDMR’s former coalition partners USR, and by AUR.

A retired general, Ciucă was previously the Chief of General Staff, appointed by president Iohannis in 2015. He also served as head of the Romanian Land Forces. He served as an interim PM in 2020, after Ludovic Orban resigned from the job.

(Photo: Gov.ro)

simona@romania-insider.com

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Simona Fodor
Senior Editor

Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

RO president nominates again defense minister for PM position

President Klaus Iohannis nominated for a second time acting national defense minister Nicolae Ciucă as prime minister-designate, tasked with forming a Government.

Unlike the first time, when Ciucă was supported by the National Liberal Party (PNL), the nomination is now backed by a coalition made up of PNL, the Social Democrat Party (PSD), and the Hungarians’ Union (UDMR).

After the October 21 nomination, Ciucă attempted to gather support for a minority Government. He gave up on his mandate on November 2, one day before his Government was due to stand the Parliament’s vote, as the Liberals decided to attempt to form a majority to support the Government. 

Ciucă was nominated after PM-designate Dacian Cioloș failed to get the Parliament’s support in October. Iohannis had to nominate a new PM when the Government of Florin Cîțu fell after a no-confidence motion introduced by the Social Democrats (PSD) and supported by PNL and UDMR’s former coalition partners USR, and by AUR.

A retired general, Ciucă was previously the Chief of General Staff, appointed by president Iohannis in 2015. He also served as head of the Romanian Land Forces. He served as an interim PM in 2020, after Ludovic Orban resigned from the job.

(Photo: Gov.ro)

simona@romania-insider.com

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