Ion Iliescu, former President of Romania in 1992-1996 and 2000-2004, turned 86 on Thursday. He no longer attended an anniversary concert at the Romanian Athenaeum, as he had done in previous years, but spent his day alongside his friends and wife Nina, whose birthday is on Friday.
Iliescu graduated from the Moscow University in Russia, as a hydrologist. He joined the Romanian Communist Party in 1953 and became member of the Communist Party’s Central Committee in 1965. After the 1989 Revolution, he became President of the National Salvation Front (FSN), being the first head of state in post-communist Romania.