Mihai Tudose

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Mihai Tudose
Mihai Tudose 2018.jpg
Tudose in 2018
Prime Minister of Romania
In office
29 June 2017 – 16 January 2018
PresidentKlaus Iohannis
DeputySevil Shhaideh
Paul Stănescu
Grațiela-Leocadia Gavrilescu [ro]
Marcel Ciolacu
Preceded bySorin Grindeanu
Succeeded byMihai Fifor (acting/ad interim)
Member of the European Parliament for Romania
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Minister of Economy
In office
23 February 2017 – 29 June 2017
Prime MinisterSorin Grindeanu
Preceded byAlexandru Petrescu
Succeeded byMihai Fifor
In office
17 December 2014 – 17 November 2015
Prime MinisterVictor Ponta
Preceded byConstantin Niță
Succeeded byCostin Grigore Borc
Personal details
Born (1967-03-06) 6 March 1967 (age 56)
Brăila, Brăila County, Socialist Republic of Romania
Political partyFDSN (1992–93)
PDSR (1993–2001)
PSD (2001–2019)
PRO Romania (2019–2020)
PSD (2020–present)
SpouseCorina Tudose
Alma materDimitrie Cantemir Christian University

Mihai Tudose (born 6 March 1967, in Brăila, Brăila County, Socialist Republic of Romania) is a Romanian politician, deputy in the Parliament of Romania, a former Minister of Economy in 2017 and a former Prime Minister of Romania in 2018. On 16 January, 2018 he resigned from his position as Prime Minister after his own Social Democratic Party (PSD) retracted its political support for his government. He subsequently switched from PSD to Victor Ponta's party PRO Romania in 2019.

On 6 January, 2020 he resigned from PRO Romania and re-joined the Social Democratic Party (PSD)[1]

Political career[edit]

Mihai Tudose joined politics in 1992, as a member of the Democratic National Salvation Front (FDSN). Today, Tudose is member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and its national vice president since 2015.[2] He entered the Parliament in 2000 and was elected consecutively for five terms as deputy in Brăila County.[3] Mihai Tudose was Minister of Economy twice, between 2014 and 2015 in Fourth Ponta Cabinet and between February and June 2017 in Grindeanu Cabinet.[4]

Mihai Tudose in 2017

He was one of the potential candidates for Prime Minister brought forward by the majority coalition led by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) to succeed Sorin Grindeanu after the latter was dismissed by a motion of no confidence adopted in Parliament by his own party. On 26 June 2017, the majority coalition nominated him for the position and President Iohannis designated him.[5] He took office with his cabinet on 29 June.[6]


As a holder of a doctorate in Military Sciences and Information, Tudose was involved in a plagiarism scandal after media reports had alleged that he might have plagiarized some parts of his doctoral work.[7] In the aftermath of the scandal, he relinquished the use of his scientific title.[8]

Commenting on the Székely autonomy initiatives and the use of their flag in public offices on 11 January 2018, Tudose said "If they fly Székely flags on institutions in Székely Land, the people who put the flags out will also hang next to the flags. Autonomy for Székelys is excluded." Acting president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) Bálint Porcsalmi said that Tudose's statement was inadmissible, calling it "primitive" and "reminiscent of the Middle Ages".[9][10] Seven days later, Tudose was forced to resign from his position, partly due to the comments and infighting and lack of confidence via his party.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mihai Tudose s-a reînscris în PSD". www.digi24.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  2. ^ Doina Lecea, ed. (28 June 2017). "Mihai Tudose, prim-ministru desemnat (fișă biografică)". AGERPRES (in Romanian).
  3. ^ "Cine este Mihai Tudose, varianta de premier propusă de PSD-ALDE: ministru al Economiei în guvernele Grindeanu și Ponta, acuzații de plagiat, conferențiar universitar la Academia SRI". Mediafax (in Romanian). 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ Radu Eremia (26 June 2017). "Cine este Mihai Tudose. Petele din CV-ul premierului desemnat de Iohannis. "Nu pretind că am inventat eu Teorema lui Pitagora"". Adevărul (in Romanian).
  5. ^ "Klaus Iohannis: Îl desemnez pe Mihai Tudose viitor premier". Digi24 (in Romanian). 26 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Iohannis, atac dur la adresa coaliției după jurământul Guvernului. "Ați băgat țara în criză, terminați cu țopăiala bugetară"". Știrile Pro TV (in Romanian). 29 June 2017.
  7. ^ Ionel Dancu (26 June 2017). "Cine este Mihai Tudose, premierul PSD: Profesor la SRI, acuzat de plagiat, mic maestru în șah - biografie". Evenimentul zilei (in Romanian).
  8. ^ "Acuzat că și-a plagiat teza de doctorat, deputatul PSD Mihai Tudose renunță la titlul de doctor". Reperul (in Romanian). 8 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Mihai Tudose a răbufnit la adresa UDMR: "Dacă steagul secuiesc va flutura pe instituțiile de acolo, toți vor flutura lângă steag"". Ziua de Cluj (in Romanian). 11 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Tudose: A székelyek a zászlóik mellett fognak lógni". Transindex (in Hungarian). 11 January 2018.
  11. ^ Gillet, Kit (15 January 2018). "Romanian Prime Minister Is Forced Out, the Second in Seven Months". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Economy
Succeeded by
Costin Grigore Borc
Preceded by
Alexandru Petrescu
Minister of Economy
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Romania
Succeeded by