REPUBLICAN REFERENCE

Area (sq.km)
238,391

Population
21,848,504 

Capital 
Bucharest 

Currency 
Leu

President 
Traian Basescu

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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 President Nicolae CEAUSESCU became increasingly draconian through the 1980s. He was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were defeated in elections.  Much economic restructuring remains to be carried out before Romania can achieve its hope of joining the EU.
Corruption is deeply integrated into public life and many officials from the former communists, the apparatchiks, moved effortlessly into powerhold positions in the new democracy.

 

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