Sorin Oprescu

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Sorin Oprescu
Sorin Oprescu (2).jpg
Mayor of Bucharest
Assumed office
19 June 2008
Preceded by Adriean Videanu
Personal details
Born November 7, 1951
Bucharest, Romania
Nationality Romanian
Political party Independent
Other political
PSD (1990-2008)

Sorin Mircea Oprescu (Romanian pronunciation: [soˈrin oˈpresku]; born November 7, 1951 in Bucharest) is a Romanian independent politician and medical doctor who is currently serving as Mayor of Bucharest.

Political activity[edit]

He was one of the independent[1] candidates running for president of Romania in the presidential elections which took place on the 22nd of November 2009.

He was a senator representing the Social Democratic Party between 2000 and April 2008, serving as the vice-president of the Senate Committee for Public Health. Oprescu resigned from the Senate on 24 June 2008.[1]

In February 2006, Oprescu also became the president of the Social Democratic Party's Bucharest branch, a position from which he stepped down upon quitting the party in April 2008.

In 2008, after the Social Democratic Party refused to nominate him to the mayoral elections, he ran as an independent candidate. He earned the most votes in the first round of the elections.

For the second round, against the Democrat-Liberal Vasile Blaga, he got the support of the Liberals and Social-Democrats, who announced they support anyone who candidated against the Democrat-Liberals. He won the second round against Vasile Blaga.[2] Nevertheless, Social-Democrat mayor of Bucharest's Sector 2, Neculai Onţanu, announced he supported Blaga,[3] while the Social-Democrat mayor of Sector 5, Marian Vanghelie announced he would not support Oprescu and accused him of being a "cheap demagogue".[4]

Election results for Mayor of Bucharest[edit]

Year First round Second round Result
1998 111,759 (19.3%)[5] failed to qualify lost to Viorel Lis
2000 260,689 (41.16%)[6] 353,038 (49.31%)[7] lost to Traian Băsescu
2008 164,219 (30.12%)[8] 315,981 (56.55%)[9] won against Vasile Blaga


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