Crin Antonescu

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Crin Antonescu
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President of Romania
In office
10 July 2012 – 27 August 2012
Preceded byTraian Băsescu
Succeeded byTraian Băsescu
President of the Senate
In office
3 July 2012 – 4 March 2014
Preceded byVasile Blaga
Succeeded byCălin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Leader of the National Liberal Party
In office
20 March 2009 – 31 May 2014
Preceded byCălin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Succeeded byKlaus Iohannis
Minister of Youth and Sport
In office
5 December 1997 – 28 December 2000
Prime MinisterVictor Ciorbea
Gavril Dejeu (Acting)
Radu Vasile
Alexandru Athanasiu (Acting)
Mugur Isărescu
Preceded byMihai-Sorin Stănescu
Succeeded byGeorgiu Gingăraş
Personal details
Born (1959-09-21) 21 September 1959 (age 60)
Tulcea, Romania
Political partyNational Liberal Party
Other political
Social Liberal Union
Spouse(s)Aurelia Antonescu (?–2004)
Adina-Ioana Vălean (m. 2009)
Alma materUniversity of Bucharest

George Crin Laurențiu Antonescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe ˈkrin la.uˈrent͡sju antoˈnesku]; born 21 September 1959) is a Romanian politician, who was President of the National Liberal Party (PNL) from 2009 to 2014. He also served as the country Acting President after the suspension of Traian Basescu and as the President of the Senate. [1]

He is a member of the Senate. He was first elected to the Senate in the 2008 legislative election. From 1996 to 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 dismissal of 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, Antonescu resigned as president of the Senate.[2]

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.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Upon graduating in 1985, Crin Antonescu worked as a History teacher in the village of Solești, Vaslui County.[4] He later returned to Tulcea, continuing his teaching activity in Niculițel until 1989.[5] 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]

Antonescu and Victor Ponta in 2013

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.

Antonescu was the Romanian Minister of Youth and Sports from 1997 to 2000.[6] He initiated a series of reforms, the most prominent being the legal perpetuity for Romanian athletes with significant Olympic results.[7]

As of 20 March 2009, 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, Antonescu was situated third in Romanians' voting preferences for the 2009 Presidential elections.[8][9]

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

Presidential styles of
Crin Antonescu
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Reference stylePreședintele interimar (ad interim President)
Spoken stylePreședintele interimar (ad interim President)
Alternative styleDomnia Sa/Excelența Sa (His Excellency)

Personal life[edit]

Antonescu's first wife Aurelia committed suicide in 2004 due to an incurable disease.[10] The pair have a daughter, Irina, born in 2001. In June 2009, Antonescu announced he would get married again to party colleague Adina Vălean.[11] The couple married on 25 September 2009.[12]


  1. ^ Luminita Parvu (March 20, 2009). "Crin Antonescu is the new PNL President" (in Romanian). Hot News. Archived from the original on March 24, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  2. ^ "Romania Senate speaker Crin Antonescu resigns". Hot News. March 4, 2014. Archived from the original on November 23, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Crin Antonescu, liberal din '90, parlamentar şi vicepreşedinte PNL timp de 9 ani" [Crin Antonescu, liberal since 1990 and Vice-president of PNL for nine years] (in Romanian). Mediafax. March 20, 2009. Archived from the original on December 7, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  4. ^ "Crin Antonescu a predat istoria la Soleşti" [Crin Antonescu, professor of history] (in Romanian). Evenimentul zilei. June 6, 2009. Archived from the original on December 26, 2011. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  5. ^ "The world does not go forward with the rave" (in Romanian). June 29, 2008. Archived from the original on February 22, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  6. ^ "Guvernul Victor Ciorbea" [The Victor Ciorbea Government] (in Romanian). Agerpress. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  7. ^ Cristian Predan (October 7, 2004). "350 de sportivi romani primesc renta viagera" [350 Romanian athletes receive perpetuity] (in Romanian). Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  8. ^ "BCS Survey: Traian Basescu - 30.5%, Crin Antonescu - 20.1%, Mircea Geoana - 19.2%". Hot News. September 1, 2009. Archived from the original on November 17, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  9. ^ "Crin Antonescu may get in the second round, along with President Basescu" (in Romanian). September 22, 2009. Archived from the original on September 25, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  10. ^ "Crin Antonescu, despre sinuciderea sotiei sale" [Crin Antonescu, regarding the suicide of his wife] (in Romanian). 2004. Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2009.
  11. ^ "Crin Antonescu: Ma voi casatori cu Adina Valean" [Crin Antonescu: I will marry Adina Vǎlean] (in Romanian). Hot News. June 25, 2009. Archived from the original on January 11, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2009.
  12. ^ "Adina Vălean şi Crin Antonescu s-au căsătorit" [Adina Vălean and Crin Antonescu got married] (in Romanian). September 26, 2009. Archived from the original on December 8, 2009. Retrieved November 7, 2009.

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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