January 15, 1991
Romania's ruling party convenes a national convention on Friday that may show whether the embattled leadership is in danger of change through a palace coup. The National Salvation Front's support has eroded steadily since President Ion Iliescu and his party won resounding victory in free elections last May.
May 15, 1990
Eastern Europe's election series sweeps southward to Romania on Sunday, when voters go to the polls for what has been hailed as their first democratic ballot in 50 years but has been tainted by widespread allegations of intimidation and harassment. The National Salvation Front, which has governed since Romanians overthrew and executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in December, is widely favored to win the presidency with its candidate, interim head of state Ion Iliescu.
February 18, 1992
Romanians go to the polls Sunday to decide local runoff elections, which have so far provided a disturbing glimpse of the social conflict likely to mar national voting this spring. As elsewhere in the Balkans, Romanians in urban areas appear more willing to let opposition candidates try their hand at public office, while rural voters continue to cling to ex-Communists and those promising slower and less painful reform.
December 14, 2004 |
Bucharest Mayor Traian Basescu won an unexpected victory in Romania's presidential runoff election, ending a decade of rule by former communists. Basescu, a former ship captain, vowed to fight corruption, restore press freedoms and prepare Romania to join the European Union. He has also said he supports greater rights for gays. He defeated Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, who was supported by outgoing President Ion Iliescu. Final results showed Basescu won 51.
January 8, 1989 |
Ignoring protests from abroad, Romania's communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu has demolished a large part of old Bucharest for a monumental civic center being built at breakneck speed. In a project on a scale not seen since the reordering of central Paris under Napoleon III, Ceausescu has changed the face of a city once known as "the Paris of the Balkans."
March 22, 1995 |
She was on the balance beam when her coach, Florin Gheorghe, flew into a rage and slapped the tiny gymnast. Then he kicked her. He grabbed her by the neck and pounded her head against the beam, yelling, "This is going to teach you to get over your fear of the beam." Then, eventually, he killed her. Adriana Giurca was 11. The story of Adriana Giurca's death was largely ignored in this country, probably because it happened in Romania.
April 25, 1990 |
More than 4,000 anti-government protesters took over a central Bucharest square Tuesday, blocking the city's main artery. "We cannot allow a bunch of vagabonds to disturb public peace and order," interim President Ion Iliescu told the provisional Parliament. The crowd burst through cordons of helmeted police armed with clubs and automatic rifles who had occupied the square after dispersing protesters in the morning. Bucharest's police chief, Gen.
December 25, 1989 |
Corneliu Manescu, Romania's new acting leader, is an unlikely reformer who followed an almost textbook career path through the Communist bureaucracy that included stints as foreign minister and ambassador to Hungary and France. Manescu, 73, earned world attention as a diplomat in 1967 when he became the first East Bloc Communist statesman to be elected president of the U.N. General Assembly. Born in Ploesti, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains north of Bucharest, on Feb.