The self-proclaimed king of the ethnic Roma, Florin Cioaba was elected yesterday president of the International Romani Union, with 22 votes to 3 and 3 abstentions, at the 8th Congress of the organisation which was held these days in Sibiu, Mediafax reports. According to the source, the event was attended by leaders of Roma communities from 35 European states, and Cioaba had only one rival, from Poland, in the person of Roman Chojnaki. “I will fight against discrimination and racism,” Cioaba said upon learning that he was elected. As yesterday was the International Romani Day, the Roma Party of Cluj asked the government to modify a law dating back from 2006 and declare April 8 a non-working day for ethnic Roma.
Also on the occasion of the International Romani Day, the British ambassador in Bucharest, Martin Harris wrote on his blog that he hopes the children living in Ferentari, who are confronted by the disadvantages of this area on the outskirts of Bucharest. “One reason I find these kids so inspiring is because they are succeeding against the odds,” Ambassador Harris wrote.