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RADOR: News from Romania, 00-07-18
From: RADOR Press Agency <http://indis.ici.ro/romania/news/rador.html>
July 18, 2000
 The President of Romania, Emil Constantinescu will not run for second term in officeGoing live on radio and television last night the President of Romania Emil Constantinescu said that he would not run for a second term in office at the November 2000 presidential elections. He motivated his decision, among other things, by failure in the struggle against corruption and existing difficulties in the process of economic reforms. The President apologized to all the listeners and viewers of the radio and televized live programme for the promises made which proved futile in the process as no improvement of the living standards has been noticed. Mr. Constantinescu said he would not seek any position with any of the political parties. The address of the President of Romania is placed against the background of the collapse of several banks of this country following fraud. The anti-communist coalition under the leadership of Emil Constantinescu that has been ruling for four years now has lost credibility due to unpopular measures adopted with the aim of reforming economy.
 Romanian political party leaders about the statement of the President of RomaniaValeriu Stoica, first vicepresident of the National Liberal Party is of the opinion that the intention of President Constantinescu to withdraw from political life after concluding his term in office without running for a second mandate creates the premises for a reform of the Romanian political class and is part and parcel of the present political game. Mr. Stoica also said that President Constantinescu proved clearsightedness, in this way allowing for a right wing coalition construction with chances to win parliamentary and presidential elections. Mr. Stoica said that two political personalities of outstanding value should be taken into consideration and namely the present Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu and former Prime Minister Theodor Stolojan when the new political construction is being designed and built.
President of UDMR - Union of Democratic Magyars of Romania - Marko Bela said the withdrawal of President Emil Constantinescu from the presidential race is an exceptional action attesting to great political and moral courage. Marko Bela said it was right for the President to assume all shortcomings and failures as the entire ruling coalition is responsible for what is wrong.
UFD - Union of Right Wing Forces of Romania regrets the decision of President Constantinescu but appreciates candidness and courage. President of UFD Varujan Vosganian said that it was a very honorable action which could mean a turning point for the Romanian political life. Vosganian also says that the truths revealed by the statement of the President of Romania should be an occasion of meditation for the Romanian political class and for the public at large at the same time.
PD - the Democratic Party - by its spokesman Dumitru Moinescu declared that the decision of Emil Constantinescu to withdraw from the presidential race is a new kind of decision for the Romanian political class, a decision which gives a new perspective to the political competition in the fall for the parliamentary and presidential elections this year.
 Prime Minister Mugur Isarescu does not accept the resignation of Finance Minister Decebal Traian RemesIn essence the Prime Minister said that he would never agree to let go a very good specialist from the team alongside which he works only because there were reasons outside interests of the Government of Romania that prompted Remes to make the decision to resign from the Cabinet.
 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
 A military delegation from the Czech Republic is visiting RomaniaVladimir Vetchy, Czech Minister of Defense is in Romania together with a military delegation. A communique of the Romanian defense minister reads that the Romanian and Czech defense ministers will sign a joint declaration for protecting the military secrets of the two countries; the delegation will also have talks with Romanian officials in the domains of finance, economic cooperation and equipping the army. In a talk between the two defense ministers it was stressed that the collaboration between experts of the two armies in NATO led exercises is good.
 Tour of the President of Romania to South AmericaThe President of Romania leaves for South America this week for two official visits; the first takes place in Mexico and the second in Brazil. The President of Romania, Emil Constantinescu will meet with the presidents of the United States of Mexico and of Brazil, with businessmen and with top officials of the two countries.
 Military exercise RESCUE EAGLE 2000NATO coordinates RESCUE EAGLE 2000 in the Romanian territorial waters and in the region of Dobrogea which is bordering the Black Sea. The exercises which come to an end tomorrow rally 2500 men and army officers representing 9 countries.
 CALENDARThe President of Romania, Emil Constantinescu chairs the special session of the Cabinet devoted to the first correction of the budget this year and the analysis of the dossiers of adherence to the European Union.
The delegation of the European Commission to Romania holds a press conference occasioned by the launching of the second request of offer as part of the European Union programme of regional development at 88, Calea Victoriei, today.
Meeting of the presidents and vicepresidents of the parties and organizations belonging to the Romanian Democratic Convention: PNTCD- Christian Democratic National Peasants Party - the National Liberal Party, UFD - Right Wing Forces Union, The Christian Democratic National Alliance, the Ecology Federation of Romania and the Council of Groups and Associations that are part of the Romanian Democratic Convention. The aim of the meeting is to discuss a joint strategy of the center-right wing groups and parties. The meeting is followed by a press conference.
Porsche Romania has a press conference which is focused on the new model SEAT LEON on the Romanian market.
In this interval until 25 July the Ministry of Culture is organizing at Dumbrava Sibiului the festival and Olympiad TRADITIONAL ROMANIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP.
 CommemorationsIn 1610 transition of Michelangelo Merisi known as Caravaggio to the world of fine arts whose paintings adorn many halls of the austere buildings of Malta. He was probably born in 1571.