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|President of People's Party - Dan Diaconescu|
29 November 1989 – 1 September 2010
|Preceded by||none (position established)|
|Succeeded by||Marin Diaconescu|
9 December 1967 |
|Political party||People's Party – Dan Diaconescu|
|Alma mater||Politehnica University of Bucharest|
Dan Cristian Diaconescu (Romanian pronunciation: [dan di.akoˈnesku]; born December 9, 1967, Caracal) is a Romanian journalist, politician, presenter, the founder and present owner of DDTV and OTV television stations. He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, part of the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. In 2010, together with OTV show presenters, he formed the People's Party – Dan Diaconescu.
Diaconescu graduated the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest. Diaconescu became famous because the show on OTV Dan Diaconescu Direct and Elodia series which took place in 2008-2009, during which the lawyer of the same name missing after an alleged crime, was wanted by the authorities and reporters OTV.
On 22 June 2010, Diaconescu was arrested by the National Anti-corruption Agency (DNA) for extortion. Diaconescu was accused of having asked a mayor of a commune in Transylvania to take money in exchange for not publishing compromising data. A day later, he was arrested for 29 days, following the District 1 Court's decision. On 25 June, Diaconescu was released after Bucharest Court judges have upheld the decision of detention.
"I want to tell you that from this moment Dona, my daughter holds OTV and I announce my candidacy for the next presidential elections in 2014 or when are they" were the first words spoken by Dan Diaconescu, after he left the arrest.
On 29 November 2010, Diaconescu founded the People's Party, the party idea based on a citizen residing in Cugir. He launched his candidacy for the presidential election in 2014.
At the legislative election of 2012, Diaconescu was nominated to run for a deputy term of Gorj in one electoral college against his challenger was then prime minister, Victor Ponta. He lost the election, and missed the entrance to the Parliament on redistribution. Therefore, he announced his retirement from politics.
OTV was two times subject to license withdrawal by the Romanian Authority in Audiovisual CNA, first in 2002 for racism and antisemitic attitude, and second in January 2013 after OTV failed to prove payment of fines imposed by CNA for breaches of the Audiovisual Law during years 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
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