Petre Roman

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Petre Roman
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Prime Minister of Romania
In office
26 December 1989 – 1 October 1991
Acting until 20 June 1990
President Ion Iliescu
Preceded by Constantin Dăscălescu
Succeeded by Theodor Stolojan
President of the Senate
In office
November 1996 – February 2000
President Emil Constantinescu
Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea
Gavril Dejeu
Radu Vasile
Alexandru Athanasiu (Acting)
Preceded by Oliviu Gherman
Succeeded by Mircea Ionescu Quintus
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
22 December 1999 – 28 December 2000
President Emil Constantinescu
Prime Minister Mugur Isărescu
Preceded by Andrei Pleșu
Succeeded by Mircea Geoană
Personal details
Born (1946-07-22) 22 July 1946 (age 68)
Bucharest, Romania
Political party National Liberal Party (2008–present)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic Liberal Party (1991–2003)
Democratic Force (2003–2008)
Spouse(s) Mioara Georgescu (1974–2007)
Silvia Chifiriuc (2009–present)
Profession Engineer
Religion Romanian Orthodox Church

Petre Roman (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈpetre ˈroman]; born 22 July 1946) is a Romanian politician who was Prime Minister of Romania from 1989 to 1991, when his government was overthrown by the intervention of the miners led by Miron Cozma. He was the first prime minister since 1945 who was not a Communist or fellow traveler. He was also the president of the Senate from 1996 to 1999 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2000. He was leader of the Democratic Force party, which he founded after leaving the Democratic Party in 2003. Currently, he is a member of the National Liberal Party, being a candidate for PNL for the Senate on the 43rd constituency, for Romanians outside Romania. He is also a member of the Club de Madrid, a group of more than 80 former democratic statesmen, which works to strengthen democratic governance and leadership.[1]

Background[edit]

Roman was born in Bucharest. His father, Valter Roman, born Ernst or Ernő Neuländer of Transylvanian Jewish descent,[2] was a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, a Comintern activist, and a prominent member of the Romanian Communist Party. His mother Hortensia Vallejo was of Spanish and Basque origin.[3] The couple married in Moscow, and he has several siblings. In 1974 Roman married Mioara Georgescu, with whom he has a daughter, Oana. In February 2007, husband and wife confirmed that they were divorcing; the divorce was made final on Good Friday, 6 April 2007. In June 2009, he married a pregnant Silvia Chifiriuc (who is 26 years his junior) in a Romanian Orthodox wedding.[4]

Three men are walking side-by-side holding papers. The first two are wearing a suit and the third is wearing a red sweater. The first man is smiling and flashing a V sign.
Roman (right) with FSN members Ion Iliescu (center) and Dumitru Mazilu (left) on 23 December 1989, one day after the formation of the FSN.

Roman first rose to prominence during the Romanian Revolution of 1989, when he was among the crowd occupying the National Television building, and broadcasting messages expressing revolutionary triumph. He became provisional prime minister after the overthrow of the Communist regime, and was confirmed in office in June 1990, three months after the country's first free election in 53 years.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Constantin Dăscălescu
Prime Minister of Romania
Acting: 1989–1990

1989–1991
Succeeded by
Theodor Stolojan