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    Romania Introduction - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/romania/romania_introduction.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Background Soviet occupation following World War II led to the formation of a Communist "peoples republic" in 1947 and the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae CEAUSESCU and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. CEAUSESCU was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were swept from power by a fractious coalition of center-right parties. Today the Communist Party, renamed the Party of Social Democracy, rules in cooperation with the ethnic Hungarian minority rights party. Much economic restructuring remains to be carried out before Romania can achieve its hope of joining the EU.

      NOTE: The information regarding Romania on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Romania Introduction 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Romania Introduction 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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