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March 8, 2021

Presidential aide accused of Securitate ties resigns

The presidential aide Alexandrina Gatej resigned from office last week, arguing that the unambiguous decision of the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives (CNSAS), clearing her of charges of collaboration with the Securitate, gave way to speculative and injurious public reactions, which seriously affected both her and her family. “In the context of recent unjustified attacks against me, I’ve decided to resign from the position I hold. I will put my skills in the service of the private business environment, where professional achievements and worth take precedence,” Gatej claims, in a statement remitted to Mediafax. Gatej stated, on December 14, that the CNSAS’s decision, finding that she had not collaborated with the Securitate, was unambiguous, adding she had nothing to feel guilty about, either as a professional or as a human being. Asked, at the time, whether he would call on Gatej to resign, the president Traian Basescu stated he had no knowledge of the matter and that he would discuss it with Gatej.

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