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Ex Agriculture Minister Surdu dies at 63

Social Democrat Deputy and former Agriculture Minister Victor Surdu died yesterday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, according to Mediafax. He was 63. Although PSD Deputy Ion Munteanu announced that Surdu had died at St. Pantelimon Hospital, representatives of the medical unit denied the information, saying that the former minister had been discharged two weeks ago.

Last year, Surdu underwent pancreas surgery at a hospital in Italy. He was married to popular singer Angela Similea. Born on July 11, 1947, Surdu was a trained horticulture engineer and he served as minister of agriculture in 1989 and 1990. Between 1990 and 1996, he was head of Democratic Agrarian Party. In 2001, he joined PSD, becoming deputy in a Neamt constituency in 2008. He was vice president of the Chamber of Deputies’ agriculture committee. Several politicians expressed their condolences for his death, with former President Ion Iliescu praising Surdu as a “special intellectual” and a very good specialist in his field of activity. PSD, the Conservatives, PM Emil Boc and Agriculture Minister Valeriu Tabara also expressed their regret.

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