Former St Cross associated student nominated as Romanian PM
The head of the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service has been nominated as Prime Minister of Romania after Emil Boc stepped down in the face of street protests against an austerity programme. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, a former foreign minister, was nominated by President Basescu. His candidacy has been confirmed by Romania's Parliament and his government is intended by the ruling coalition to improve its popularity, but his period of office may be short as parliamentary elections are due to be held this year, probably in November.
Mr Ungureanu was an associated student of St Cross during his period of study from 1992-3 at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew Studies, where he took a course (now equivalent to the MSt) in Jewish Studies. He is now a member of the distinguished list of Prime Ministers all over the world educated at Oxford, and a first for St Cross.
The British Ambassador to Romania, Martin Harris, has sent congratulations to St Cross and posted a note about the appointment on his blog.
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