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Romania: New Government Sworn In

Bucharest, 12 December 1996 (RFE/RL) - Romanian President Emil Constantinescu today swore in the country's new government during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Bucharest. At the ceremony Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea said his government "will and can change the country's destiny" by pushing through economic reforms so as not to miss Romania's "historic integration" into the European and Atlantic structures.

The new government is the country's fourth democratically elected cabinet since the overthrow of the Communist dictatorship in 1989. But it is the first one without members who had held high positions under communist rule.

The ministers are members of the center-right Democratic Convention, the center-left Social Democratic Union of former Prime Minister Petre Roman and the Democratic Union of Romanian Magyars, an ethnic Hungarian party.

The three parties were the winners of last month's elections and hold an almost 60 percent majority in the newly elected parliament.

The new government under Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea and its program were endorsed yesterday by the Romanian parliament.

Ciorbea has promised his cabinet will strive to improve Romania's poor economy through privatisation and by encouraging foreign investment. He has also pledged to work for Romania's integration into NATO and the European Union.