Romanian PM Ponta changes ministers in government reshuffle

Newsroom 06/08/2012 | 13:31

Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced on Monday a series of proposals to replace some ministers, three months after seizing power. The PM said this move was triggered by the actions of opposition party PD-L and the suspended President Traian Basescu, following the impeachment referendum.

Ponta proposed new ministers for the Interior and Administration Ministry, the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Justice Ministry. The delegate minsters for administration and for the relation with the Parliament will also be changed.

Minister of Administration and Interior – Mircea Dusa

– MP since 2004

– has been member of the social democratic party PSD since 1996

– vice-president of the commission for public administration, land management and ecological balance since 2011

– graduated in economic studies at ASE and further obtained a master’s degree

Minister of Justice – Mona Pivniceru

– elected member of the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) since 2011

– became a lawyer in 1982

– has been an associate professor at the Law Faculty in Iasi for 10 years

– has been judge in Iasi for 10 years and moved to the High Court in 2010

–  obtained two PhDs, in international public law and civil law

Minister of Foreign Affairs – Titus Corlatean

– MP since 2004 and secretary of the foreign policy commission at the Chamber of Deputies

– MEP between 2007 and 2008

– joined PSD in 2003

– graduated in law at the Bucharest University and completed other courses in diplomacy and foreign relations

Minister-delegate for Parliament – Dan Sova

– MP since 2008 from PSD

– member of the legal commission for appointments, discipline, immunities and validation

– he is associate professor at the Law Faculty within the Bucharest University

– graduated from the Law Faculty and History Faculty, both at the Bucharest University.

– obtained a PhD at the Law Faculty

Minister-delegate for Administration – Radu Stroe

– MP since 2000 and member of the national liberal party PNL; he was member of the communist party before 1990

– member of the commission for defense, public order and national security since 2010

– graduated from the Civil Marine Institute in Constanta and the Law Faculty in Bucharest

Minister-delegate for the Business Milieu –  Mihai Voicu

–          MP since 2004 and a senior PNL member

–          member of the foreign policy commission

–          was minister for Parliament for two years

–          graduated from the Construction Institute in Bucharest

Titus Corlatean previously was Justice minister in the Ponta Government, while Mircea Dusa served as minister-delegate for Parliament, while Andrei Marga was the foreign affairs minister. Ioan Rus and Paul Dobre resigned on Monday morning.

Voicu replaces former banker Lucian Isar who resigned on personal grounds.  CSM refused to approve the detachment of Mona Pivniceru to the Justice Ministry. Meanwhile, PM Ponta became interim Justice minister.

PM Ponta said the current government aims to ensure a “stable and predictable rule” until November, when parliamentary elections will be held.

Ovidiu Posirca

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