Mihai Tudose

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Mihai Tudose
Mihai Tudose 2018.jpg
66th 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)
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 52)
Brăila, Romania
Political partyFDSN (1992–93)
PDSR (1993–2001)
PSD (2001–2019)
Pro Romania (2019–present)
Spouse(s)Corina Tudose
Alma materDimitrie Cantemir Christian University

Mihai Tudose (born 6 March 1967, in Brăila) is a Romanian politician, deputy in the Parliament of Romania, a former Minister of Economy and the former Prime Minister of Romania. On January 16, 2018 he resigned from office after his own Social Democratic Party retracted its political support for the government. On January 29, 2019 he resigned from Social Democratic Party and joined Victor Ponta's Pro Romania.[1]

Political career[edit]

Mihai Tudose joined politics in 1992, as a member of the Democratic National Salvation Front. Today, Tudose is member of the Social Democratic Party 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]

He was one of the potential candidates for Prime Minister brought forward by the majority coalition led by the Social Democratic Party 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]

Controversy[edit]

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] 7 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mihai Tudose demisionează din PSD și se înscrie în partidul lui Victor Ponta". www.digi24.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  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. "Romanian Prime Minister Is Forced Out, the Second in Seven Months". The New York Times Online. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Sorin Grindeanu
Prime Minister of Romania
2017–2018
Succeeded by
Mihai Fifor
acting