Update: Ciolos has published a new version of the government’s programme. The part about mayoral elections being held over two, and not one round of voting is missing. In better news, Mihai Selegean is not now the proposed Justice Minister. The far more worthy Raluca Pruna – erstwhile of the European Commission – is set to take the job.
New dawn fades. This time, faster than ever.
We should have known it was too good to be true. Having waxed partially lyrical yesterday about the proposed new Romanian government, it’s all gone a bit wrong overnight.
Most importantly (and most disastrously) the prime-minister designate Dacian Ciolos has withdrawn the nomination of Cristina Guseth as Minister of Justice. Although Guseth was given a hard time at her parliamentary approval hearing yesterday, she was, reluctantly, given the green light to become a minister. It appears that Ciolos – understandably rather worried about getting his government passed by parliament – ditched Guseth after fierce criticism from lawyers that she did not have a law degree. A prime minister who runs scared at the first sign of trouble is really not what we need right now. Ciolos has instead reportedly nominated Mihai Selegean as Justice Minister. Selegean is best known as being an adviser to Rodica Stanoiu, a securitate collaborator who held the justice portfolio from 2000-2004 (during the government of convicted criminal Adrian Nastase). So that’s a great move.
Secondly, Ciolos has alas not withdrawn the nomination of Marius Bostan as Communications Minster. Bostan is the owner of a notorious website, inliniedreapta.net, an extreme right-wing online rag that regularly publishes outwardly racist and homophobic articles.
All very disappointing.