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President says new intelligence chief represents break with communist past

President says new intelligence chief represents break with communist past

Romania's President Traian Basescu said Friday that the new chief of the country's main domestic espionage agency represented a break from communist holdovers in the agency almost 17 years after communism ended.
"The Romanian Intelligence Agency is a service which has another mission to that of the former Securitate," said Basescu referring to the dreaded secret police of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, which kept tabs on the country's 23 million people with an army of spies and an estimated 700,000 informers.
"It is an agency which does not employ the people used by the Securitate, an agency whose main mission is to defend the citizens of Romania and its national interest," he said as George Maior was officially installed as the new chief. He said that Maior's age made the agency more credibility.
Maior, 38, of the opposition leftist Social Democratic Party was elected on Wednesday by Parliament. He resigned from the party and from Parliament, saying his new position required "balance, neutrality and impartiality."
There has been widespread criticism that reform has been slow Romania's intelligence service since communism ended in the 1989 anti-communist revolt. Romania retains eight intelligence agencies.


Updated : 2021-05-12 12:45 GMT+08:00