Famous Romanian Leaders

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Kwame Nkrumah
(First President of Ghana)
Kwame Nkrumah
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Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nkroful
Died: April 27, 1972

Kwame Nkrumah was a Ghanaian revolutionary and politician. He played an important role in the independence of the Gold Coast in 1957, after which he served as the first prime minister of Ghana from 1957 to 1960 and then as the first president of Ghana from 1960 to 1966. He also played an influential role as an advocate of Pan-Africanism.

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Michael of Romania
(The Last King of Romania (1927 - 1930))
Michael of Romania
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Birthdate: October 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: December 5, 2017
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Ion Antonescu
(Conducător of Romania (1940 - 1944))
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Birthdate: June 14, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pitești, Romania
Died: June 1, 1946
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Alaric I
(King of the Visigoths (395-410))
Alaric I
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Birthdate: 0370 AD
Birthplace: Peuce Island
Died: 0410 AD

Alaric I reigned as the first king of the Visigoths. Alaric, who operated against the Western Roman regimes, is best remembered for playing a crucial role in the sack of Rome in 410, which was one of the major events leading up to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. After Rome's sack, Alaric fell ill and died in Bruttium.

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Klaus Iohannis
(President of Romania)
Klaus Iohannis
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Birthdate: June 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sibiu
Romanian president Klaus Iohannis, who is also the National Liberal Party leader and had initially been a physics teacher, calls himself a “firefighter.” Though he has pledged to fight against corruption in Romania, Iohannis believes his country is not yet ready for the legalization of same-sex marriages. 
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Ilie Năstase
(Former World Number One Romanian Tennis Legend)
Ilie Năstase
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Birthdate: July 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
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Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
(Romanian Politcian, Founder and Leader of the Legionary Movement (Iron Guard))
Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
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Birthdate: September 13, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huși
Died: November 30, 1938
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Maia Sandu
(6th President of Moldova)
Maia Sandu
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Birthdate: May 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Risipeni, Moldova
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Michael the Brave
(Romanian National Hero Known for Uniting All of Romania for the First Time)
Michael the Brave
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Birthdate: January 15, 1558
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Drăgoeşti, Vâlcea
Died: August 9, 1601
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Nicolae Ceaușescu
(Former President of Romania)
Nicolae Ceaușescu
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Birthdate: January 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Scornicești
Died: December 25, 1989

Nicolae Ceaușescu was a Romanian politician who served as the first president of the country. Ceaușescu's communist government was totalitarian and was responsible for human rights abuses and severe repression. An anti-government protest (the Romanian Revolution) broke out in 1989 and his government was overthrown subsequently. Ceaușescu and his wife were convicted of genocide and executed by firing squad.

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Elena Ceauşescu
(First Lady of Romania (1974 – 1989))
Elena Ceauşescu
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Birthdate: January 7, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Petrești, Romania
Died: December 25, 1989

Elena Ceauşescu was a Romanian communist politician who served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of Romania from 29 March 1980 to 22 December 1989. She was also the First Lady of Romania from 28 March 1974 to 22 December 1989, during which her husband Nicolae Ceaușescu served as the first President of Romania.

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Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
(Romanian Communist Party Leader and Romania's First Communist Prime Minister (1952 - 1955))
Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
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Birthdate: November 8, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bârlad, Romania
Died: March 19, 1965
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Traian Băsescu
(Former President of Romania)
Traian Băsescu
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Birthdate: November 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Murfatlar

Former Romanian politician Traian Băsescu was impeached and re-instated by a popular referendum once in 2007 and again in 2012. As the governor of Bucharest, he successfully reduced the number of stray dogs. He also sent Romanian troops to serve as part of George Bush’s war in Iraq.

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Ion Iliescu
(Former President of Romania)
Ion Iliescu
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Birthdate: March 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oltenița

Former president of Romania Ion Iliescu was in the news when in 2018, he was charged with crimes against humanity for being involved in the revolts following the toppling of the communist rule in 1989. He denied the charges, though over 800 people were killed after he assumed power.

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Nicu Ceausescu
(Member of the Romanian Great National Assembly (1980 -1989) and Son of Leaders Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu)
Nicu Ceausescu
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Birthdate: September 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: September 26, 1996
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Viorica Dăncilă
(First Woman Prime Minister of Romania (2018 - 2019) and President of the ‘PSD’)
Viorica Dăncilă
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Birthdate: December 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Roșiorii de Vede, Romania
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Daniel Ghiță
(Romanian Kickboxer and Politician, Who Won thr Bronze Medal at 2017 Kickboxing World Championship )
Daniel Ghiță
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Birthdate: April 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
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Liviu Dragnea
(Romanian Politician and Social Democratic Party Leader Who Was Imprisoned for Corruption)
Liviu Dragnea
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Birthdate: October 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gratia
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Diana Iovanovici Sosoaca
(Member of the Senate of Romania)
Diana Iovanovici Sosoaca
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Birthdate: November 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
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Victor Ponta
(Prime Minister of Romania (2012 - 2015))
Victor Ponta
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Birthdate: September 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest
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Nicolae Paulescu
(Romanian Scientist Who Is Known for His Research on 'Insulin' and His Anti-Semitic Writings)
Nicolae Paulescu
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Birthdate: October 30, 1869
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: July 17, 1931
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Stephen III of Moldavia
(Prince of Moldavia (1457 – 1504))
Stephen III of Moldavia
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Birthdate: 1432 AD
Birthplace: Oneşti
Died: July 2, 1504

Stephen III of Moldavia or Stephen the Great was a Prince of Moldavia. He co-ruled with his father Bogdan II, who was killed in 1451 in a conspiracy. During his final years, Stephen co-ruled with his son Bogdan III. His rule was marked by a period of stability in Moldavia. Romanians consider him a great ruler and a national hero. 

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Nicolae Iorga
(34th Prime Minister of Romania (1931 - 1932))
Nicolae Iorga
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Birthdate: January 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Botoșani, Romania
Died: November 27, 1940

Nicolae Iorga was a Romanian politician, historian, memoirist, poet, playwright, literary critic, and Albanologist. He is credited with co-founding the Democratic Nationalist Party. Nicolae Iorga is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Romania from 19 April 1931 to 6 June 1932. 

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Dimitrie Cantemir
(Moldavian Prince Who Became an Advisor to Tsar Peter the Great of Russia)
Dimitrie Cantemir
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Birthdate: October 26, 1673
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dimitrie Cantemir, Romania
Died: September 1, 1723
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Emil Constantinescu
(Former President of Romania)
Emil Constantinescu
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Birthdate: November 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bender, Moldova

Emil Constantinescu is a Romanian professor and politician. He served as the president of Romania from 1996 to 2000. During his term, he struggled with implementing the processes of privatization and was bogged down by multiple problems. Disillusioned towards the end of his term, he decided not to run for re-election. He is currently involved with many NGOs. 

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Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo
(Roman General and Brother-in-law of Roman Emperor Caligula)
Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo
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Birthdate: 0007 AD
Birthplace: Peltuinum, Italy
Died: 0067 AD

Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo was a Roman general best remembered as the brother-in-law of the popular Roman Emperor Caligula. Corbulo was famous, so much so that Emperor Nero feared his reputation and ordered him to commit suicide. Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo followed the emperor's order and fell on his own sword. Corbulo has been portrayed in TV and web series.

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Corneliu Vadim Tudor
(Member of the European Parliament for Romania (2009 - 2014))
Corneliu Vadim Tudor
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Birthdate: November 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: September 14, 2015
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Gabriela Szabo
(Retired Romanian Runner, Who Is an Olympic Gold Medalist and a 3-Time World Champion)
Gabriela Szabo
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Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bistriţa, Romania
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Corina Crețu
(Romanian Politician and Former European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms (2014 - 2019))
Corina Crețu
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Birthdate: June 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
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Iuliu Maniu
(32nd Prime Minister of Romania Who was Later Convicted of Treason and Given Life Imprisonment)
Iuliu Maniu
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Birthdate: January 8, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Badacin, Romania
Died: February 5, 1953
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Armand Călinescu
(39th Prime Minister of Romania Who was Assassinated by ‘Iron Guard’ Members with ‘Nazi’ Support)
Armand Călinescu
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Birthdate: June 4, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Piteşti, Romania
Died: September 21, 1939
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Gabriela Firea
(The First Female Politician to Serve as the Mayor of Bucharest)
Gabriela Firea
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Birthdate: July 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bacău, Romania

Gabriela Firea is a Romanian politician and journalist. She is the current Minister of Family, Youth and Equality of Opportunity. Firea is perhaps best known for her service as the General Mayor of Bucharest from 23 June 2016 to 29 October 2020. She was the first female politician to serve as the mayor of Bucharest.

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Titus Annius Milo
(Roman Political Agitator Who was Prosecuted for the Assassination of Publius Clodius Pulcher)
Titus Annius Milo
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Birthplace: Lanuvio
Died: 0048 AD

Titus Annius Milo was a Roman political agitator who was prosecuted for the assassination of Publius Clodius Pulcher in 52 BC and exiled from Rome. Titus Annius Milo appears as a prominent character in several novels, such as Robert Harris' Dictator, Colleen McCollough's Caesar, and Conn Iggulden's The Field of Swords.

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Ana Pauker
(Romanian Communist Leader & World's First Female Foreign Minister)
Ana Pauker
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Birthdate: December 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Codaesti, Romania
Died: June 3, 1960

Ana Pauker was a Romanian communist leader. In 1947, she became the world's first female foreign minister and served in that position until 1952. After the Second World War, Ana Pauker led the Romanian Communist Party unofficially. Her life and career inspired a 2016 feature-length documentary by film director Radu Gabrea.

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Tudor Vladimirescu
(Romanian Hero and Revolutionary Leader Who Led the 1821 Wallachian Uprising)
Tudor Vladimirescu
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Birthdate: 1780 AD
Birthplace: Vladimiri, Romania
Died: June 7, 1821
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Mihail Sadoveanu
(Romanian Political Figure, Journalist, Short Story Writer, and Novelist)
Mihail Sadoveanu
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Birthdate: November 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pascani, Moldova, Romania
Died: October 19, 1961

Mihail Sadoveanu was a Romanian political figure, journalist, short story writer, and novelist. One of the most prolific writers of Romania, Sadoveanu is best remembered for his adventure and historical novels. In 1961, Mihail Sadoveanu was honored with the prestigious Lenin Peace Prize

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Elena Udrea
(Former Romanian Tourism Minister Who Was Sentenced to Prison for Corruption Offenses)
Elena Udrea
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Birthdate: December 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buzău
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Mihail Kogălniceanu
(Prime Minister of Romania (1863 - 1865))
Mihail Kogălniceanu
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Birthdate: September 6, 1817
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iași, Romania
Died: July 1, 1891

Mihail Kogălniceanu was a Romanian statesman, historian, lawyer, and publicist. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Romania from 11 October 1863 to 26 January 1865. He was also a two-time Foreign Affairs Minister and four-time Internal Affairs Minister of Romania. Mihail Kogălniceanu was also one of the most influential intellectuals of his generation.

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Clotilde Armand
(Romanian Mayor of Sector 1 and Former Member of the European Parliament for Romania (2019 - 2020))
Clotilde Armand
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Birthdate: June 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, France
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Octavian Goga
(37th Prime Minister of Romania (1937 - 1938))
Octavian Goga
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Birthdate: April 1, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rășinari, Sibiu County, Romania
Died: May 7, 1938
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Ion I. C. Brătianu
(Prime Minister of Romania Who Served for 5-Terms Between 1909 and 1927)
Ion I. C. Brătianu
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Birthdate: August 20, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ștefănești, Romania
Died: November 24, 1927
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Constantin Sănătescu
(44th Prime Minister of Romania (August 1944 - December 1944) Following the Coup of 1944)
Constantin Sănătescu
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Birthdate: January 14, 1885
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Craiova, Romania
Died: November 8, 1947
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Corneliu Coposu
(Romanian Politician and Christian Democratic Leader Who Established the Romanian Democratic Convention)
Corneliu Coposu
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Birthdate: May 20, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bobota, Sălaj Bobota, Sălaj County, Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen, Austria-Hungary
Died: November 11, 1995
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Nicolae Titulescu
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Birthdate: March 4, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Craiova, Romania
Died: March 17, 1941
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Adrian Năstase
(Prime Minister of Romania (2000 - 2004))
Adrian Năstase
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Birthdate: June 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest

Adrian Năstase is a Romanian jurist, blogger, professor, and former politician. He is best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Romania from 28 October 2000 to 21 December 2004. He also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 28 June 1990 to 18 November 1992. Năstase retired from politics following a corruption trial and prison sentence.

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Emil Boc
(Prime Minister of Romania (2008 - 2012))
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Birthdate: September 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mărgău
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Anca Petrescu
(Architect)
Anca Petrescu
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Birthdate: March 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Romania
Died: October 30, 2013
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Gheorghe Tătărescu
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Birthdate: November 2, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Târgu Jiu, Romania
Died: March 28, 1957
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Lucius Mummius Achaicus
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Birthdate: 0175 AD
Birthplace: Rome , Italy
Died: 0126 AD
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Ana Blandiana
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Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Timișoara, Romania
Romania is a republic in Southeast Europe. Officially named Romania in 1866, the country gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877. Following World War II, Romania became a socialist economy but soon transitioned back towards democracy and a capitalist market economy. Romania follows a federal republic and democratic system in which the governance is divided into the legislative, executive and judiciary. However, unlike other federal republic countries, Romania has a semi-presidential republic. As such, the role of the President is not limited to a ceremonial position and he enjoys some executive powers along with the government. The President of Romania is publically elected. The President appoints the Prime Minister who in turn appoints the Cabinet Minister. Ever since its independence, Romania has had a number of prolific leaders who have played a quintessential role in helping to move the country forward with their leadership skills and magnificent administrative capabilities. Nicolae Ceausescu was the first president of Romania, while Ion Iliescu was the first to be democratically elected. Traian Basescu has thrice held the post of the President of Romania. Currently, the position is held by Klaus Iohannis. With this section, find out more about Romanian leaders, their life, work and profile.