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Romanian Premier Reshuffles Cabinet

10 July 2004 -- Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase has replaced five ministers in his cabinet.

Nastase said before today's announcement that he would make changes in the government and remain head of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), ending speculation he would step down as party boss after a setback in municipal polls in June.

Romania holds presidential and parliamentary polls on 28 November, about a month before it must complete entry negotiations on joining the European Union.

The changes involve the communications, agriculture, and labor ministers together with those responsible for public administration and relations with social partners.