President Klaus Iohannis has signed on Monday a decree to designate Vice PM Gabriel Oprea as interim Prime Minister, during the period of impossibility of exercising the prerogatives of Prime Minister by Victor Ponta, the Presidetial Administration informs.
The Head of State had a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea on Monday at the Presidential Palace, against the backdrop of the letter sent by Premier Victor Ponta concerning the proposed appointment of Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea as interim Prime Minister.
The meeting was expected to take place at 2 p.m. however the President received Deputy Prime Minister Oprea around 3 p.m., shortly before presenting the National Defence Strategy in Parliament.
Ponta had announced in a Facebook post on Sunday his intention to write to Iohannis to this effect.
“Tomorrow morning [Monday] I will submit a request to Romania’s president for him to designate Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea to exercise all the attributes of the prime minister, under Article 107 of the Constitution, including chairing the meetings of the government for the requested time,” Ponta asserted in his post.
He also attached to the post a document dated June 19 under which he was asking Iohannis to designate Oprea. In the document, he was informing Iohannis about having undergone surgery on his left leg on June 15, that could not be postponed, also informing that “postoperative treatment requires immobilisation under medical supervision.”
However, President Klaus Iohannis allegedly asked for medical documents that would prove Premier Victor Ponta’s state of health and refused for the time being to appoint Gabriel Oprea as interim Prime Minister, stiripesurse.ro informs.
Gabriel Oprea was born January 1, 1961 in the community of Fundulea, Calarasi County.
After graduating from the Active Officers’ Military School in Sibiu with a degree in Military administration, he attended the Law Faculty of Bucharest University over 1980-1983. He earned a PhD in Law at the Bucharest University. He attended a post-graduate course on national security at the National Defence College of the ‘Carol I’ National Defence University (1997).
As of 2001 he is a Professor and Associate Professor at the National Defence College; doctoral advisor with the ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ Police Academy (2002); member of the Specialty Commissions of the National Council for the Recognition of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates – Commission for Military Science, Public Order and National Security (2003 – 2005); Professor and doctoral supervisor with the National Intelligence Academy (2008 – present).
He was an officer on administrative and economic affairs between 1983 – 1990 and military law officer as of 1990.
Gabriel Oprea was advanced to Brigadier-general (one star) on November 29, 2001. Under presidential decree, on December 1, 2008 he was promoted to 3-star Lieutenant general (retired). On Oct. 22, 2009 he received yet another promotion to four-star retired General. He was awarded the National ?Star of Romania’ in the Rank of Knight (2000) and the National Order ?Faithful Service’ in the rank of Knight (2002).
Vice president of the National Defence College Foundation (2000 – 2002); deputy director of the National Defence College (2000 – 2001).
Between 2001 – 2002 he was Secretary of State, president of the National State Reserves Administration; between 2002 and 2003 he was Bucharest Prefect.
A PSD member between 2003 – 2009, a period during which he held the following positions: president of the PSD Ilfov County Organization (2004 – 2009); PSD vice-president, member of the National Coordination Bureau (2004 – 2005); president of the PSD Department of Defence, Public Order and National Security (2006-2009).
Between June 19, 2003 – July 14, 2004, he served as Minister-delegate for Public Administration in the Ministry of Administration and the Interior.
Ilfov County deputy in the Parliament of Romania on behalf of PSD. He renewed his term of deputy on November 30, 2008 garnering 50 percent of the votes. In the December 9, 2012 parliamentary elections he obtained a seat of Senator in Bucharest constituency No. 3.
On December 22, 2008 he was sworn in as Minister of Administration and the Interior in the first government headed by Emil Boc. He held this position until January 13, 2009, when he resigned after having lost the day before PSD’s political support. He consequently resigned from the party and became an independent MP.
As of February 2009 he sat on the Chamber of Deputies’ Commission for Defence, Public Order and National Security.
As of May 1, 2010 Oprea is the president of the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR).
Gabriel Oprea was appointed on December 18, 2009 to take over the portfolio of Minister of National Defence, in the new Cabinet of Prime Minister designate Emil Boc (Boc Government IV). On December 22, 2009 he received the approval of the select committees of Parliament. He received the investiture vote in Parliament, on December 23, 2009, together with the whole Boc Cabinet (with 276 votes in favor and 135 votes against). He held the portfolio of Defence until February 6, 2012, when the Boc V Government resigned mandate. As of February 9, 2012 and until May 7, 2012 he was Minister of Defence in the Ungureanu Government.
As of December 21, 2012 he is Deputy Prime Minister in the Ponta II Cabinet. Since January 23, 2014 he serves as acting Minister of Internal Affairs.
On June 15, 2015, Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who needed to undergo a knee surgery procedure, decided to put Gabriel Oprea in charge of the of the Prime Minister’s tasks related to the operative activity of the Government over June 16-19.