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June 29, 2022

Romania has too many generals

Just three days before voicing discontent with the throng of generals at the Defence Ministry, the president Traian Basescu supposedly signed over 30 presidential decrees to promote some military reserve officers to general rank and bestowed over 40 medals, shortly before asking the ruling coalition MPs to restructure the Defence Ministry, according to the cotidianul.ro website. “But there also the city halls, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Defence and Internal Affairs ministries, they too need re-organizing. And, when I say the Defence Ministry, I don’t mean the number of acting troops, but I cannot fail to see the throng of generals in the ministry. Many of them are generals doing secretarial work. They’ve never been to Iraq, or Afghanistan, or the Balkans,” Traian Basescu told the coalition MPs during the closed-door reunion.

The head of state is, however, himself to blame for the number of generals in the system. In the almost 6 years he has led the country, Traian Basescu promoted to general and quaestor over 500 military cadres, members of the secret services and police officers, cotidianul.ro writes. Those to have received, throughout the years, general stars from Traian Basescu include the sector 2 mayor, Neculai Ontanu, the minister of Defence, Gabriel Oprea, and the former coach of the national football team, Anghel Iordanescu, all of whom left the Social-Democratic Party and supported him in last year’s election campaign. During the same campaign, the head of state promoted the chiefs of Romanian police, Dan Fatuloiu and Marian Tutilescu, to chief-quaestor. The one-star brigade general Viorel Anghelescu, the head of his former national security adviser’s cabinet, Mihai Stanisoara, was also promoted to a two-star general-major.

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