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January 28, 1990 | From Reuters
Four top aides of former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu have confessed they are guilty of complicity to commit genocide, a lawyer told a military court Saturday. Former Deputy Prime Minister Ion Dinca, former Interior Minister Tudor Postelnicu, Communist Party organizational chief Emil Bobu and former Vice President Manea Manescu are the first senior Ceausescu regime officials to go on trial.
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December 26, 1999 | Associated Press
Crunching over a snowy path to the grave of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, children, former friends and retirees said Saturday that it was wrong to kill the late ruler on Christmas Day 10 years ago. At first light, 43-year-old Dinel Staicu arrived at the Ghencea military cemetery in southwest Bucharest and placed a "Communist Almanac" on what is thought to be Ceausescu's grave. "He died a great hero," said Staicu, from the southern city of Craiova.
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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.
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December 15, 1999 | Associated Press
Moving to end a governance crisis, Romania's dismissed prime minister announced Tuesday that he was abandoning a fight to keep his job after he was fired in a move that some legal experts said was unconstitutional. President Emil Constantinescu dismissed Radu Vasile, 57, early Tuesday, claiming that he was unable to carry out his duties as premier.
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December 27, 1989 | From Reuters
Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, went to their deaths by firing squad defiantly spurning the right of their military accusers to judge them. "I will be judged only by the people," Ceausescu repeatedly told the military prosecutor in a videotaped Romanian television broadcast late Tuesday. The television did not show the couple's faces when their death sentence was pronounced, but Ceausescu was heard clearly to say: "It doesn't matter. It has no importance."
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December 20, 1989 | From Reuters
Elena Ceausescu, wife and confidante of Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu for the 24 years of his iron-fisted rule, is in charge of the country while he visits Iran amid violent anti-government protests. Declared a national heroine on her 70th birthday this year and known to share her husband's Stalinist views, she is a prominent member of the ruling Communist Party Politburo and a first deputy prime minister. She is effectively the No. 2 leader of both the party and state.
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December 26, 1989 | From Associated Press
Elena Ceausescu, the textile worker who rose to virtual second in command of Romania, was praised by her husband's Communist regime as "the best mother of Romania," but insiders say she derided her people as "worms." During the years of Nicolae Ceausescu's repressive rule, she also developed a taste for furs and jewelry, and she was honored for scientific expertise that she did not possess. She also had electronic "bugs" planted to spy on her children.
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October 11, 1991 | Associated Press
A Sikh guerrilla group claimed responsibility Thursday for the abduction of the top Romanian diplomat in India, a news agency said. Four armed men kidnaped Romania's charge d'affaires, Liviu Radu, on Wednesday while he was driving to his embassy. Police said the kidnaping was apparently in retaliation for the killing of a Sikh extremist and the arrest of two others who shot and wounded the Indian ambassador to Romania in Bucharest on Aug. 20.
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December 26, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed Monday after a secret trial, state television announced, as the capital that Ceausescu long had terrorized settled into an uneasy calm. Throughout the day, Romanian television and radio broadcasts reported that Ceausescu was being held in an undisclosed location. His whereabouts had been the subject of rumor and speculation since Friday, when he fled the capital in the face of mass demonstrations. Shortly before 9 p.m.
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December 28, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Floria Tuiu pronounced himself a free man. He said he is ecstatic--speechless with joy that the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu is dead. "Now we are free like birds," he said, flapping his arms. "I tell you, no one ever liked this dictator who behaved like a devil." But three weeks ago, when a reporter visited here before the fall of Ceausescu, Tuiu, 55, was slavishly devoted to the "dictator-devil." He quoted reverently from Ceausescu's speeches.
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March 31, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea resigned, saying he aimed to end a political crisis that had rocked his coalition government for three months and threatened overdue market reforms. "I chose the unilateral solution to end this crisis," Ciorbea said in a live televised speech. President Emil Constantinescu appointed Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu to take over in a caretaker capacity.
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October 11, 1991 | Associated Press
A Sikh guerrilla group claimed responsibility Thursday for the abduction of the top Romanian diplomat in India, a news agency said. Four armed men kidnaped Romania's charge d'affaires, Liviu Radu, on Wednesday while he was driving to his embassy. Police said the kidnaping was apparently in retaliation for the killing of a Sikh extremist and the arrest of two others who shot and wounded the Indian ambassador to Romania in Bucharest on Aug. 20.
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October 2, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Striving to contain the damage after having sacrificed one reformist prime minister, Romanian President Ion Iliescu on Tuesday named free-market economist Teodor Stolojan to govern this turbulent nation, still deeply scarred by decades of repression.
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October 1, 1991 | From Associated Press
The nation's intelligence chief warned Monday that more rioting could break out if Parliament does not quickly revamp the country's leadership. "We are only at the beginning of a very hot period," said Virgil Magureanu, head of the Romanian Intelligence Service, SRI. "It cannot be said for certain that there will not be more violent attacks in the near future."
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September 27, 1991 | From Associated Press
Prime Minister Petre Roman resigned Thursday, bowing to violent protests against his economic reforms. But the move failed to stop chaotic demonstrations by thousands of enraged miners and other citizens, who demanded that Romania's president also step down. By nightfall, the protests threatened to blow up into a major confrontation between the ruling National Salvation Front, which took power two years ago, and angry workers in one of Europe's poorest countries.
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July 8, 1991 | JOEL HAVEMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alexandru Livitchi, who has toiled in the bowels of Romania's Agriculture Ministry for 20 long years, expresses no fondness for Nicolae Ceausescu's ironfisted Communist regime. "Before the 1989 revolution," Livitchi, 54, says matter-of-factly, "we had only one right--the right to keep our mouths shut."
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December 15, 1999 | Associated Press
Moving to end a governance crisis, Romania's dismissed prime minister announced Tuesday that he was abandoning a fight to keep his job after he was fired in a move that some legal experts said was unconstitutional. President Emil Constantinescu dismissed Radu Vasile, 57, early Tuesday, claiming that he was unable to carry out his duties as premier.
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June 21, 1990 | From Associated Press
Former Communist Ion Iliescu pledged Wednesday to be a democratic president of reconciliation, but the United States boycotted his inauguration to protest his role in violent attacks on opposition figures. The capital was generally quiet after a tumultuous week of anti-government riots, mob rule by loyalist miners and a crackdown on dissenters.
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July 8, 1991 | JOEL HAVEMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The walls of his small, sparsely furnished office are bare and dirty. One of the windows is broken. Florin Bonciu is too busy to notice. At just 31 years of age, the diminutive Bonciu has a mission--to pull Romania's economy out of the abyss--and to that end he is putting in 14-hour days, six and sometimes seven days a week.
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May 13, 1991 | From Reuters
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II ordered guest rooms stripped of valuables before a state visit by Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1978, a British newspaper said Sunday. Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed by firing squad during the 1989 Romanian revolution. The Sunday Express said the couple removed thousands of dollars worth of ornaments and fittings from rooms during an official stay in Paris earlier in the year.
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