Liberal senior Radu Campeanu died on Wednesday at the age of 94.
“We sadly announce that Liberal senior Radu Campeanu passed away today. He remains in our hearts as the first party chairman after 1989, the one who re-established the National Liberal Party (PNL) after the dreadful communist period and the years of imprisonment as a political prisoner. We are all by the side of the mourning family,” reads a message posted on the National Liberal Party’s Facebook page.
Liberal Radu Anton Campeanu was born on February 28, 1922, in Bucharest.
He graduated the Law School and Economic Sciences in Bucharest (1945). Radu Campeanu was the chairman of the National Liberal University Youth and the leader of the students’ committee on the organisaiton of the last great anti-communist protest of November 8, 1945 – initiated and headed by students. In the period 1947-1956 he was a political prisoner.
After the release from prison, he worked in constructions in Bucharest. Through his family from France and Switzerland demarches, he left for Paris in exile, where he obtained political asylum on July 30,1973. There he worked with two big construction companies.
Back in Romania, on January 5, 1990, he re-established the National Liberal Party (PNL), and the second day he was elected secretary general of this political formation.
In the period March 31, 1990 – February 28, 1993, he was PNL chairman, and between Feb 9 – May 11, 1990, deputy chairman of the Provisional Council of National Union (CPUN).
He ran for Romania’s president on PNL rolls in the elections of May 20, 1990, obtaining 10.64 percent of the valid votes. In the parliamentary elections of May 20, 1990, he was elected Senator of Bucharest (until October 14, 1992) and between June 9, 1990 and October 14, 1992 he was Senate Vice President.
On November 3, 1996, he ran again for Romania’s president, on the rolls of the Liberal Ecologist National Alliance, obtaining 0.5 percent of the valid votes.
He was Senator of Bucharest of the National Liberal Party – Democratic Party Alliance, elected on November 28, 2004, until December 12, 2008.
Radu Campeanu was bestowed the ‘Faithful Service’ National Order, in rank of Knight, offered by Romania’s Presidency (December 5, 2002).
In 2008, Radu Campeanu announced he decided to withdraw from Parliament and write his memoires.