Crin Antonescu


Crin Antonescu
George-Crin-Laurenţiu Antonescu
Crin Antonescu from a campaign poster
Romanian Minister of Youth and Sports
In office
5 December 1997 – 28 December 2000
President Emil Constantinescu
Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea
Gavril Dejeu (ad interim)
Radu Vasile
Alexandru Athanasiu (ad interim)
Mugur Isărescu
Preceded by Mihai-Sorin Stănescu
Succeeded by Georgiu Gingăraş
Constituency no. 42 (Bucharest); (Chamber of Deputies)
Leader of the National Liberal Party group in the Chamber of Deputies
In office
5 September 2005 – 15 December 2008
Preceded by Eugen Nicolăescu
Succeeded by Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Vice President of the Senate
In office
15 December 2008 – 1 September 2009
Preceded by title held collectively
Succeeded by Teodor Meleşcanu
Personal details
Born 21 September 1959 (1959-09-21) (age 52)
Tulcea, Romania
Political party National Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Aurelia Antonescu (her death)
Adina Vălean
Alma mater University of Bucharest
Profession Teacher
Religion Romanian Orthodox
Website http://www.crinantonescu.ro/

George-Crin-Laurenţiu Antonescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈdʒe̯ordʒe ˈkrin la.uˈrenʦju antoˈnesku]; born 21 September 1959) is a Romanian politician, currently serving as President of the National Liberal Party (PNL).[1] He was a candidate for the Romanian Presidential Elections of 2009. He is a member of the Senate, his election having taken place during the 2008 legislative election. Between 1996 and 2008 he was a member of the Chamber of Deputies, acting as leader of the party delegates between 2007 and 2008.

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Early life and education

Antonescu was born in Tulcea, Tulcea County into a broken home. He was raised by his father, who encouraged him to attend the Faculty of History and Philosophy at the National University of Bucharest, in order to become a History teacher.[2]

Professional career

Upon graduating in 1985, Crin Antonescu entered academia, working as a History teacher in the village of Soleşti, Vaslui County.[3] He later returned to Tulcea, continuing his academic activity in Niculiţel until 1989.[4] Antonescu worked as a curator for the Tulcea Museum of History and Archaeology from 1989 to 1990, when he resumed his academic activity at the “Spiru Haret” High School in Tulcea, prior to being elected to the Chamber of Deputies.

Political career

Upon joining the National Liberal Party, Antonescu helped organize the Tulcea branch of the party. In 1995, he was elected PNL Vice President and, subsequently, leader of the Liberal politicians active in the Chamber of Deputies, holding that position for two non-consecutive mandates). During his activity in the Chamber of Deputies, he was a member of the Committee for Education, Youth and Sports, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee of Culture, Arts and Media.

Crin Antonescu was the Romanian Minister of Youth and Sports from 1997 to 2000.[5] He initiated a series of reforms, the most prominent being the legal perpetuity for Romanian athletes with significant Olympic results.[6]

As of March 20, 2009, Crin Antonescu is the President of the National Liberal Party, in addition to being the party’s candidate for the 2009 Presidential Elections in Romania. In September 2009, Crin Antonescu was situated second in Romanians' voting preferences for the 2009 Presidential elections. As of May 2011 he is credited by public polls as first in line for the next Presidential elections. [7][8]

Personal life

Antonescu's first wife Aurelia committed suicide[9] in 2004 due to her illness from cancer. The pair have a daughter, Irina, born in 2001. In June 2009, Antonescu announced[10] he would get married again to party colleague Adina Vălean, who had divorced her husband the year before. The couple tied the knot on 25 September 2009.[11]

References

  1. ^ (Romanian)Luminita Parvu (20 March 2009). "Crin Antonescu is the new PNL President". Hotnews.ro. http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-politic-5507960-video-fotogalerie-crin-antonescu-este-noul-presedinte-pnl-ludovic-orban-fost-ales-functia-prim-vicepresedinte.htm. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  2. ^ (Romanian)"Crin Antonescu, liberal since 1990 and Vice-president of PNL for nine years". Mediafax. 20 March 2009. http://www.mediafax.ro/politic/crin-antonescu-liberal-din-90-parlamentar-si-vicepresedinte-pnl-timp-de-9-ani-4065004. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  3. ^ (Romanian)"Crin Antonescu, professor of history". Evenimentul zilei. 6 June 2009. http://www.evenimentul.ro/rss_article/crin-antonescu-a-predat-istoria-la-solesti.html. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  4. ^ (Romanian)"The world does not go forward with the rave". rol.ro. 29 June 2008. http://stiri.rol.ro/content/view/132358/2/. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  5. ^ (Romanian)"The Victor Ciorbea Government". Agerpress. http://documentare.rompres.ro/guverne.php?i=5. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  6. ^ (Romanian)"350 Romanian athletes receive perpetuity". 7 October 2004. http://www.adevarul.ro/articole/2004/350-de-sportivi-romani-primesc-renta-viagera.html. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  7. ^ (English)"BCS Survey: Traian Basescu - 30.5%, Crin Antonescu - 20.1%, Mircea Geoana - 19.2%". hotnews.ro. 1 September 2009. http://english.hotnews.ro/stiri-politics-6100663-bcs-survey-traian-basescu-30-5-crin-antonescu-20-1-mircea-geoana-19-2.htm. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  8. ^ (Romanian)"Crin Antonescu may get in the second round, along with President Basescu". politico.ro. 22 September 2009. http://www.politico.ro/stiri/ultima-ora/sondaj-ccsb-crin-antonescu-ar-reusi-sa-intre-in-turul-al-doilea-cu-basescu-geoana-a-fost-depasit-i.html. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  9. ^ (Romanian)www.phg.ro (2004). "Crin Antonescu, regarding the suicide of his wife". http://www.phg.ro/stire.php?id=3723&cat_id=10. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  10. ^ (Romanian)"Crin Antonescu: I will marry Adina Vǎlean". HotNews.ro. 25 June 2009. http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-politic-5858495-crin-antonescu-voi-casatori-adina-valean.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  11. ^ (Romanian)"Adina Vălean and Crin Antonescu got married". www.mediafax.ro. 26 September 2009. http://www.mediafax.ro/life-inedit/adina-valean-si-crin-antonescu-s-au-casatorit-4936125. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mihai-Sorin Stănescu
Minister of Youth and Sport
1997–2000
Succeeded by
Georgiu Gingăraş
Preceded by
title held collectively
Vice-President of the Senate
2008 - 2009
Succeeded by
Teodor Meleşcanu
Party political offices
Preceded by
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
President of the National Liberal Party
2009 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent



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