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Udrea: “Romania still needs enlightened dictatorship”

Minister of Development and Tourism Elena Udrea argued in a TV programme on Wednesday, during a discussion about possible joint tourism projects between former communist states, that Romania still needed “an enlightened dictatorship.” “Back then, there wasn’t such a thing as a free market, now it’s more difficult to sign, at state or government level, agreements by which tourists are forced to spend their holidays in Romania,” the minister said. When the TV host suggested Romania should seek a dictatorship with which to sign such an agreement, Udrea replied: “An enlightened dictatorship, you know, I sometimes say that this country still needs an enlightened dictatorship”. The minister argued that a country willing to sign an agreement with Romania was China, adding that the institution under her command was working with the Foreign Ministry to facilitate granting tourist visas to the Chinese. Later on, Thursday, Minister Udrea said “the enlightened dictatorship” expression was a joke, meaning that in Romania a dictatorship of law is needed.

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