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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 defense minister as PM

President Klaus Iohannis nominated acting national defense minister Nicolae Ciucă (pictured left) as prime minister-designate, tasked with forming a Government.

Ciucă was proposed by the National Liberal Party (PNL).

His nomination comes after last week’s one of Dacian Cioloș, the leader of the Save Romania Union (USR), who failed to get the Parliament’s support in a vote on October 20.

Ciucă said he would negotiate with all responsible parties to form a Government as soon as possible. 

“I’ve said at every meeting that we need a solution, real, now; the political crisis needs to end; we need a Government that can solve the issues that concern the Romanians, we need to end this crisis, it has taken too long; going on like this is unacceptable,” Iohannis said, quoted by News.ro.

Iohannis referenced the Covid-19 crisis, the issue of the rising energy prices and said a Government with full powers was needed to enforce the solutions authorities came up with.

“I understand this mandate as a gesture of responsibility, to be able to overcome the crisis situation so that citizens can benefit from what an established Government can do,” Ciucă said.

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. Between 2001 and 2004, he was the commander of the 26 Infantry Battalion (Red Scorpios), taking part in the Enduring Freedom I mission in Afghanistan (2002-2003) and Antica Babilonia in Iraq (2004). 

He served as an interim PM in 2020, after Ludovic Orban resigned from the job. 

(Photo: Presidency.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 defense minister as PM

President Klaus Iohannis nominated acting national defense minister Nicolae Ciucă (pictured left) as prime minister-designate, tasked with forming a Government.

Ciucă was proposed by the National Liberal Party (PNL).

His nomination comes after last week’s one of Dacian Cioloș, the leader of the Save Romania Union (USR), who failed to get the Parliament’s support in a vote on October 20.

Ciucă said he would negotiate with all responsible parties to form a Government as soon as possible. 

“I’ve said at every meeting that we need a solution, real, now; the political crisis needs to end; we need a Government that can solve the issues that concern the Romanians, we need to end this crisis, it has taken too long; going on like this is unacceptable,” Iohannis said, quoted by News.ro.

Iohannis referenced the Covid-19 crisis, the issue of the rising energy prices and said a Government with full powers was needed to enforce the solutions authorities came up with.

“I understand this mandate as a gesture of responsibility, to be able to overcome the crisis situation so that citizens can benefit from what an established Government can do,” Ciucă said.

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. Between 2001 and 2004, he was the commander of the 26 Infantry Battalion (Red Scorpios), taking part in the Enduring Freedom I mission in Afghanistan (2002-2003) and Antica Babilonia in Iraq (2004). 

He served as an interim PM in 2020, after Ludovic Orban resigned from the job. 

(Photo: Presidency.ro)

simona@romania-insider.com

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