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Former ministers appointed presidential advisers

Former ministers of finance and foreign affairs Bogdan Dragoi and Cristian Diaconescu respectively were appointed presidential advisers yesterday. Romania’s President Traian Basescu on Wednesday, May 9, signed the Decrees appointing Cristian Diaconescu Bogdan Alexandru Dragoi as presidential advisers, according to the Presidential Administration, which however would not say which departments will be coordinated by the two. According to Mediafax, Bogdan Dragoi, 31, a finance minister in the now-defunct Ungureanu Cabinet and son of reserves general  Dan Dragoi, is reportedly a close friend of Adriean Videanu and, and had been a telecom business analysts when only 22 years of age. The 52-year-old Cristian Diaconescu had also held the foreign affairs minister portfolio in the first Emil Boc Government made up of the Democrat Liberal Party and the Social-Democrat Party after the parliamentary elections in late 2008. During March-December 2004, he acted as Justice Minister in the Cabinet led by Adrian Nastase.

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