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May 23, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ion Iliescu, former Communist Party stalwart who fell out with dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in the 1970s, emerged with a whopping 86% of the presidential vote after ballots were counted Tuesday from Romania's much-maligned attempt at a democratic election. The landslide victory for Iliescu and the National Salvation Front that he heads illustrates both the party's popularity and the risk it runs of restoring one-party rule in a nation that threw off communism in a bloody revolt five months ago.
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December 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
Final results showed President-elect Ion Iliescu soundly defeated an ultranationalist whose racist and extremist statements threatened to isolate Romania from mainstream Europe. Iliescu won 67% of Sunday's ballots to Corneliu Vadim Tudor's 33%, according to results published Tuesday by the central electoral bureau.
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May 28, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the slow dance of post-Cold War NATO enlargement, Romania was one of the former Soviet bloc countries that most strongly desired to waltz right in. So when it was rejected for last year's first wave of expansion, many Romanians felt spurned. Then, right after Romania's disappointment of watching other former Communist states join the alliance first, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization launched airstrikes on Yugoslavia--and Romania was supposed to applaud. President Emil Constantinescu did.
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December 11, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Communist Ion Iliescu, who now stresses that he is a social democrat, won this country's presidency in a landslide Sunday over ultranationalist Corneliu Vadim Tudor, exit polls showed. The victory by Iliescu--who led Romania's 1989 revolution against the brutal Communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, then served as president from 1990 to 1996--completes a sharp lurch to the left in Romanian politics.
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February 3, 1990 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fledgling political parties of Romania reacted favorably Friday to the arrangement reached with the National Salvation Front to share power in governing the country until national elections are held. The front, which has been running Romania since dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown Dec. 22, brought in 29 newly formed or re-established opposition parties to join a provisional Council of National Unity as the supreme body of state authority until the elections, now set for May 20.
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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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February 10, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
A united democratic opposition tested its strength to unseat remaining Communist officeholders as Romanians voted in local elections on Sunday. More than 140,000 candidates competed for 2,951 mayoral posts and almost 40,000 city and county council slots in the first free local elections in more than 50 years. Central Election Committee President Gheorghe Uglan said that about 65% of the 16.6 million registered voters had turned out by early evening. Results were not expected before today.
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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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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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November 27, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moderate center-right politicians suffered sweeping rejection by Romanian voters in elections Sunday, according to exit polls, with first-place finisher Ion Iliescu, a former Communist, headed for a presidential runoff against a hard-line ultranationalist. Iliescu's left-leaning Party of Social Democracy appeared on course to dominate the next Parliament and install the party's No.
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November 27, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moderate center-right politicians suffered sweeping rejection by Romanian voters in elections Sunday, according to exit polls, with first-place finisher Ion Iliescu, a former Communist, headed for a presidential runoff against a hard-line ultranationalist. Iliescu's left-leaning Party of Social Democracy appeared on course to dominate the next Parliament and install the party's No.
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November 24, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Iudit Diaconu is worried, angry and--like about half of her fellow Romanians--ready to throw out this country's reformist center-right government and vote former Communist Ion Iliescu back into power. "There's no honesty. There's no fairness in the economy," complained Diaconu, 72, who was waiting in a line outside the latest bank hit by panic withdrawals in a country buffeted for years by financial and economic disasters. "I'll vote for Iliescu. He's fair and honest."
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May 28, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the slow dance of post-Cold War NATO enlargement, Romania was one of the former Soviet bloc countries that most strongly desired to waltz right in. So when it was rejected for last year's first wave of expansion, many Romanians felt spurned. Then, right after Romania's disappointment of watching other former Communist states join the alliance first, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization launched airstrikes on Yugoslavia--and Romania was supposed to applaud. President Emil Constantinescu did.
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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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February 10, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
A united democratic opposition tested its strength to unseat remaining Communist officeholders as Romanians voted in local elections on Sunday. More than 140,000 candidates competed for 2,951 mayoral posts and almost 40,000 city and county council slots in the first free local elections in more than 50 years. Central Election Committee President Gheorghe Uglan said that about 65% of the 16.6 million registered voters had turned out by early evening. Results were not expected before today.
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October 5, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Workers have begun replacing shattered window glass, and a steady autumn rain is washing away soot from firebombs lobbed against the granite facade of government headquarters on Victory Square. But the terror unleashed during three days of rioting by angry miners last week has inflicted psychological and political damage that Romanians will find much more difficult to repair.
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January 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
The National Salvation Front government bowed to the clamor from the opposition Tuesday and announced that it has split into two groups, one to govern Romania and the other to take part in coming elections. In a further concession, senior front member Silviu Brucan said the front will propose that a coalition government be formed until the planned May 20 elections--in effect agreeing to share the power it assumed during the December revolution that toppled Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
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May 12, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
One of the three leading parties walked out of Romania's makeshift Parliament Friday to protest recent violent attacks on opposition leaders. The National Peasants Party's pullout symbolized the growing tension before Romania's first free elections in more than 40 years, planned for May 20. Anti-government protesters seeking the resignation of former Communists, including interim President Ion Iliescu, demonstrated for the 20th straight day in downtown Bucharest.
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July 6, 1991 | Reuters
This country's opposition Civic Alliance movement began a three-day congress Friday at which it will turn itself into a political party to challenge the ruling National Salvation Front in the next elections.
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June 8, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Balkan countries in which Communists cloaked themselves in reformist clothing to win multi-party elections are now mired in political turmoil brought on by a regionwide epidemic of second thoughts. Albanians this week forced out their Communist government, which had been in office for only a month, providing the latest sign of confusion among those trying to build democracy with dictators' bricks.
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