Crin Antonescu

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Crin Antonescu
George Crin Laurențiu Antonescu.jpg
President of Romania
In office
10 July 2012 – 27 August 2012
Prime Minister Victor Ponta
Preceded by Traian Băsescu
Succeeded by Traian Băsescu
President of the Senate
In office
3 July 2012 – 4 March 2014
Preceded by Vasile Blaga
Succeeded by Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Leader of the National Liberal Party
In office
20 March 2009 – 31 May 2014
Preceded by Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Succeeded by Klaus Iohannis
Minister of Youth and Sport
In office
5 December 1997 – 28 December 2000
Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea
Gavril Dejeu (Acting)
Radu Vasile
Alexandru Athanasiu (Acting)
Mugur Isărescu
Preceded by Mihai-Sorin Stănescu
Succeeded by Georgiu Gingăraş
Personal details
Born (1959-09-21) 21 September 1959 (age 55)
Tulcea, Romania
Political party National Liberal Party
Other political
Social Liberal Union
Spouse(s) Adina-Ioana Vălean
Children Irina
Alma mater University of Bucharest
Religion Romanian Orthodoxy

George Crin Laurențiu Antonescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe ˈkrin la.uˈrent͡sju antoˈnesku]; born 21 September 1959) is a Romanian politician, who has been President of the National Liberal Party (PNL) between 2009 and 2014.[1]

He is a member of the Senate, his election having taken place during the 2008 legislative election. Between 1996 and 2008 he was a member of the Chamber of Deputies, acting as leader of the party delegates between 2007 and 2008. On 3 July 2012 he was elected President of the Senate after the latter dismissed the former leader Vasile Blaga from office. He became Acting President of Romania on 10 July 2012 after the Parliament suspended Traian Băsescu for the second time on 6 July 2012.

On 4 March 2014 during the debate in Parliament on the vote for a new government Crin Antonescu resigned as president of the Senate.

Early life and education[edit]

Antonescu was born in Tulcea, Tulcea County. After his parents divorce he was raised by his father, who encouraged him to attend the Faculty of History and Philosophy at the National University of Bucharest, in order to become a History teacher.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Upon graduating in 1985, Crin Antonescu worked as a History teacher in the village of Solești, Vaslui County.[3] He later returned to Tulcea, continuing his teaching activity in Niculițel until 1989.[4] Antonescu worked as a curator for the Tulcea Museum of History and Archaeology from 1989 to 1990, when he resumed his teaching activity at the “Spiru Haret” High School in Tulcea, prior to being elected to the Chamber of Deputies.

Political career[edit]

Crin Antonescu and Victor Ponta

Upon joining the National Liberal Party, Antonescu helped organize the Tulcea branch of the party. In 1995, he was elected PNL Vice President and, subsequently, leader of the Liberal politicians active in the Chamber of Deputies, holding that position for two non-consecutive mandates. During his activity in the Chamber of Deputies, he was a member of the Committee for Education, Youth and Sports, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee of Culture, Arts and Media.

Crin Antonescu was the Romanian Minister of Youth and Sports from 1997 to 2000.[5] He initiated a series of reforms, the most prominent being the legal perpetuity for Romanian athletes with significant Olympic results.[6]

As of 20 March 2009, Crin Antonescu was the President of the National Liberal Party, in addition to being the party’s candidate for the 2009 Presidential Elections in Romania. In September 2009, Crin Antonescu was situated third in Romanians' voting preferences for the 2009 Presidential elections.[7][8]

After President Traian Băsescu's suspension on 3 July 2012, he assumed acting Presidency of Romania.

Personal life[edit]

Antonescu's first wife Aurelia committed suicide[9] in 2004 due to an incurable disease. The pair have a daughter, Irina, born in 2001. In June 2009, Antonescu announced[10] he would get married again to party colleague Adina Vălean. The couple married on 25 September 2009.[11]


  1. ^ (Romanian) Luminita Parvu (20 March 2009). "Crin Antonescu is the new PNL President". Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  2. ^ (Romanian) "Crin Antonescu, liberal since 1990 and Vice-president of PNL for nine years". Mediafax. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  3. ^ (Romanian) "Crin Antonescu, professor of history". Evenimentul zilei. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  4. ^ (Romanian) "The world does not go forward with the rave". 29 June 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  5. ^ (Romanian) "The Victor Ciorbea Government". Agerpress. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  6. ^ (Romanian) "350 Romanian athletes receive perpetuity". 7 October 2004. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  7. ^ (English) "BCS Survey: Traian Basescu - 30.5%, Crin Antonescu - 20.1%, Mircea Geoana - 19.2%". 1 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  8. ^ (Romanian) "Crin Antonescu may get in the second round, along with President Basescu". 22 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  9. ^ (Romanian) (2004). "Crin Antonescu, regarding the suicide of his wife". Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  10. ^ (Romanian) "Crin Antonescu: I will marry Adina Vǎlean". 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  11. ^ (Romanian) "Adina Vălean and Crin Antonescu got married". 26 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mihai-Sorin Stănescu
Minister of Youth and Sport
Succeeded by
Georgiu Gingăraş
Preceded by
Vasile Blaga
President of the Senate
Succeeded by
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Preceded by
Traian Băsescu
President of Romania

Succeeded by
Traian Băsescu
Party political offices
Preceded by
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Leader of the National Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Klaus Iohannis