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Romania: Prime Minister-Designate Presents Cabinet And Program

Bucharest, 11 December 1996 (RFE/RL) - Romanian Prime Minister-designate Victor Ciorbea today addressed a joint session of Parliament to present his proposed program and Cabinet. Parliament members are expected to endorse the new government and its program later tonight.

Our Bucharest correspondent reports that in a one-hour address, Ciorbea outlined a program focused on economic reforms, with an emphasis on privatization. It also calls for a commitment to social care, education and culture and stresses the need for integration with western institutions.

Ciorbea told parliamentarians that his program is one of austerity, but said it would eventually lead to a better life for all Romanians.

The new government includes 27 ministers and state secretaries, mostly drawn from the conservative Democratic Convention, which won a majority of seats in elections last month.

Outgoing Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu has said that the Party of Social Democracy -- which has ruled Romania from 1992 -- will support the new cabinet.