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October 20, 2020
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The government strengthens itself against Traian Basescu

Who are the new ministers?

Just three months after it took office, the Ponta Cabinet changes its composition. Two of its ministers, Titus Corlatean and Mircea Dusa change their portfolios, from Justice to Foreign Affairs, and respectively from the Relation with the Parliament to the Interior. Titus Corlatean (PSD) has long wanted for himself the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs, as he started his career as a diplomat with the MAE and focused his entire career on foreign policy, and his political ascension started from the position of personal counsellor of Adrian Nastase. Corlatean became Justice Minister in May, although his name was alleged for the ministry of Foreign Affairs. Corlatean (44) graduated the Law School of the Bucharest University and has a post-graduate diploma of International Law and International Relations at the same university. In 2010, he becomes doctor in Public International Law of the Bucharest University. Corlatean was spokesman, vice-president and secretary general of PSD. Corlatean is married and has one child.Mircea Dusa (PSD) will replace Ioan Rus as minister of Administration and Interior The political career of Dusa , a graduate of the Economic Sciences Faculty, is closely linked to his birth town, Toplita. He held various positions with the local authority of Toplita, from service chief to mayor. He was the prefect of Harghita County between 2001 and 2004. Since November 2004, he represents Harghita in the Chamber of Deputies. He was vice-president of the Committee for Public Administration, Territory Arrangement and Ecological Balance of the Chamber of Deputies. In the Parliament session February-September 2010 he was vice-president of the Permanent Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies.The three newcomers, Pivniceru, Sova and Stroe are known as vocal opponents of Basescu. Judge Mona Pivniceru, described by the press controlled by PDL as “a close acquaintance of the honorary president of PC, Dan Voiculescu,” often had verbal clashes with Traian Basescu, when he attacked Justice. Pivniceru was the president of the Romanian Association of Magistrates (AMR) and now represents the judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice in the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM). Proposing her for Minister of Justice has been done without Pivniceru formally resigning from the CSM. The Council may delegate judges and prosecutors to hold positions with other institutions, while CSM members may not, Mediafax reports. Mona Pivniceru was proposed by the Liberals for the position of Justice Minister, adds the source.PSD Senator Dan Sova, an outspoken critic of Traian Basescu, who also made controversial statements about the Holocaust or the million of votes against Basescu that USL was expecting from abroad and from supplementary lists, takes over the relation between Government and Parliament. Sova is a Doctor of Laws, a PSD member since 2003, and senator since 2008. He was a lawyer with the ‘Sova and Associates’ law firm. Dan Sova is 39 and graduated the Law School in 1995, and the History faculty in 2001 – both within the Bucharest University. Liberal politician Radu Stroe, also a political enemy of suspended president Traian Basescu, becomes minister of Administration, after being deputy, senator, secretary general of the government, and was close to being nominated Defence minister in 2008. In 2006, when Stroe was about to take the oath as secretary general of the government, Basescu handed Stroe a note. The press speculated about the contents of the small piece of paper, but Stroe did not want to unveil it, nor did Basescu, although he said that nothing secret was there. Stroe is 63, divorced and without children. He graduated the Constanta Institute of Civil Marine in 1972 and the Bucharest Law School in 1981.

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