The funerals of Florin Cioaba, the self-proclaimed king of the Roma, took place Friday, six days after his demise and the biggest surprise of the event was the so-called “coronation” of both of his sons as “kings” of the Roma.
The funerals brought together, Friday, hundreds of Roma leaders from all over the country and thousands of bystanders on the streets of Sibiu, but the numbers were very low compared to what was estimated before. The family had initially announced that over 100,000 people would participate. The Cioaba hired a security company and Sibiu authorities mobilised dozens of gendarmes and policemen around the dead leader’s “palace” or “royal house” as it was described by the family. The only politician of notoriety that attended the funerals was MEP Corneliu Vadim Tudor.
After the religious service, the eldest son of the self-proclaimed king of the Roma, Dorin Cioaba exited the house and announced that his younger brother, Daniel Cioaba will take over his father’s “crown” and possessions. “My father’s crown will stay in the family, with my brother Daniel, who will be the king of Roma in Romania,” Dorin Cioaba stated. The eldest son of the self-proclaimed king of the Roma also announced that his younger brother takes the “crown” and title of “king of the Roma in Romania,” while he will wear another crown and will be “international king of the Roma.” The announcement was followed by the coronation of Daniel and Dorin Cioaba, by their father’s coffin, in the house of their parents. Dorin Cioaba received a new crown, which he said was manufactured by “the craftsmen of the Royal House” from 24 karat gold coins. According to sources close to the Cioaba family, Friday morning, within just few hours, Daniel Cioaba received the crown, sceptre and chain with the coats of arms of the so-called ‘Royal House’ which belonged to his father.
The division of the functions between the two sons took place the day after the so-called Crown Council of the Roma had ruled that Dorin Cioaba took over the functions of his father.
According to Mediafax, some Roma representatives claimed that the decision was reached because Daniel said it should be him who receives the sceptre and crown of his father because these items should remain with the family, as he has three children, while Dorin only has one, who was adopted. The new king of Romanian Roma, Daniel Cioaba is 33, is the father of three – two boys and a girl – and presents himself as a businessman that manages five companies specialising in the processing of non-ferrous metals. From now on, he claims that he will also have “leadership attributions in the country.” In the short speech delivered at his crowning as international king of the Roma, Dorin Cioaba – a lawyer by profession – told those present that he will support them if they join him: “The Cioaba Royal House will be an institution of protection for those who adhere to us and will ask us to represent them.”
Some leaders of the Roma minority, including the self-proclaimed emperor of the Roma, Iulian Stanescu, expressed their disapproval to the designation of two kings of the Roma.
Saturday, in Sibiu, the eldest son of Florin Cioaba, Dorin Cioaba was elected as interim president of the International Roma Union, instead of his father Florin Cioaba, who was the leader of this organisation since April. “It was taken into consideration that I am the rightful heir of my father and they decided to appoint me as interim leader of this organisation until a congress will be organised and elections will be held. This title is not inherited, I did not receive it by succession, I only received it so I can move forward the projects initiated by my father,” Dorin Cioaba said after the elections held at the HQ of the Roma Tribunal.
The self-proclaimed king of the Roma, Florin Cioaba died on August 18 at the Akdeniz Universitesi Hospital of Antalya.
In a statement granted to Mediafax, Florin Cioaba’s eldest son said that President Traian Basescu told of his father, at the coffin, that “he made for the minority more than all the NGOs and governments together.” “For us, for the minority, Traian Basescu is my second father,” Dorin Cioaba mentioned. President Traian Basescu paid Wednesday afternoon a visit to the Cioaba residence, where he offered a wreath of red carnations with the message “Sincere regrets. President Traian Basescu”.