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Romanian prime minister quits over austerity protests

Romania’s Prime Minister Emil Boc resigned on Monday following weeks of unrest spurred by the cost-cutting measures his government has introduced as part of an IMF bailout deal. Intelligence chief Mihai Razvan Ungureanu was named to replace him.

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AFP - Romanian president Traian Basescu on Monday named intelligence chief Mihai Razvan Ungureanu as the new prime minister after Emil Boc resigned following wide protests against austerity cuts.

"The ruling coalition agreed to appoint Mihai Razvan Ungureanu as prime minister designate", Basescu said in a public address.

Ungureanu now has ten days to form a government and obtain parliament's approval.

The 43-year-old, who has a master's degree from Oxford, was foreign minister between 2004 and 2007 during Basescu's first term of office.

Forced to resign following a conflict with the then prime minister Calin Tariceanu, he was named chief of Romania's external intelligence service (SIE) in December 2007.

Ungureanu, who speaks fluent English, French and German, is a history professor at Bucharest's university.
 

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