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Photos celebrate Vietnam- Romania relations

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

A photo exhibition in celebration of 60 th anniversary of Vietnam – Romania diplomatic relations opened in Hanoi on Nov. 22.

The exhibition named “Vietnam- Romania, 60 years of diplomatic relations” was jointly held by the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Romanian Embassy in Vietnam .

Some 100 photos depicting historical moments in bilateral relations, especially the meetings of two countries’ leaders were on show.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Romanian Ambassador to Vietnam Dumitru Olaru said the event would help boost actively bilateral ties despite fluctuations in the region and the world. He also expressed his hope that the photo exhibition would make deep impression on the public and international friends of the friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations.

The exhibition will last till Nov. 29.

Source: SGGP

President, challenger both claim victory in Romania vote

In World on December 7, 2009 at 3:52 am

 Both candidates in Romania‘s presidential run-off vote claimed victory on Sunday, although most exit polls put Social-Democrat Mircea Geoana ahead of incumbent Traian Basescu.

Romanians went to the ballot box hoping for an end to a political standoff that has held up crucial international aid for the recession-wracked European Union member.

“Our victory, my victory is a victory for all Romanians who want a better life,” Geoana said in a speech to supporters just after polling stations closed.

But Basescu insisted he was the winner, telling his supporters: “I have won. I assure you that the correct polls show that I have beaten Mircea Geoana.”

Initial exit polls carried out by the Insomar institute put Geoana’s victory at 51.6 percent while another poll by the Curs institute showed Geoana with 50.8 percent.

Presidential candidate Mircea Geoana celebrates the results of exit polls, which place him first, at the end of the voting day in Bucharest

But later polls for Insomar gave Geoana a narrower 51.2 percent and a CSOP poll even gave Basescu victory with 50.4 percent.

The first official results are not expected before Monday 06H00 GMT.

Romania’s farmers hope new president will end rural neglect

Basescu claimed that the vote of tens of thousands of Romanians living abroad could change the results and called on his supporters to remain “calm” until final results are released.

Geoana called on Basescu to overcome “this moment of bitterness” in order to ease the transfer of power.

Basescu, a former sea captain promising tough state reforms, and Geoana, an ex-diplomat who pledged to maintain jobs and “reunite Romania” after years of political squabbling finished almost neck-and-neck in the first round of voting two weeks ago, with Basescu winning 32.4 percent of ballots and Geoana 31 percent.

But Geoana won the support of the PNL liberal party, Romania’s third main political force.

Turnout was 57 percent, slightly higher than the first round’s 54 percent, for a poll that had been billed as the most important since the fall of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu 20 years ago.

Florica Marinescu, a Bucharest pensioner, said she voted in the hope that “someone new will emerge in five years’ time because we are fed up with always seeing the same politicians”.

But in the countryside, people were more worried about their day-to-day life.

“We are still using mules to plough the land, its unbelievable,” said 63-year-old Valentin Ghetea in Udeni, a town 30 kilometres (19 miles) west of Bucharest.

“Life has always been like that. People who are born in the countryside have fewer chances to succeed than those born in the city,” said Dumitru, 52, a farmer who added he was pessimistic about the future.

Whoever wins will have no time to lose in appointing a prime minister, with Romania stuck in one of the European Union‘s worst recessions. The country has been led by a caretaker government since October.

The International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the World Bank, which in March agreed on a 20-billion-euro bailout plan, expect immediate steps to cut public spending after the economy shrank by 7.4 percent in the first nine months of 2009.

Geoana said on Sunday that he would keep his promise of a new government before the end of the year, to be led by independent Klaus Iohannis, an ethnic German who is mayor of the Transylvanian town of Sibiu.

His government would be able to count on the support of a majority of the parties in parliament.

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NA Chairman highlights successes in European tour

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong said the signing of cooperation agreements with the parliaments of Hungary , Romania , Bulgaria and France is an outstanding result of his freshly-concluded tour of those countries.

In discussions, leaders of those European parliaments all emphasised the need to beef up ties with the Vietnamese National Assembly to meet each side’s demands and wishes, Chairman Trong told the press on his return to Hanoi on June 27.

Chairman Trong said he reached consensus with his European counterparts on almost all important political issues, including the promotion of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between Vietnam and the countries.

France , Hungary , Romania and Bulgaria , which are EU members and Vietnam ’s traditional friends, all pledged to act as a bridge for Vietnam to penetrate into the vast European market, he said.

The NA Chairman said those countries highly valued Vietnam’s renewal achievements and prospects, and considered Vietnam an important partner, a big market and expressed eagerness to foster long-term cooperation with the country.

Chairman Trong noted that he reached agreements with his European counterparts on the promotion of their countries’ traditional cooperation to new heights in a strategic and mutual respect manner.

He said he received open support for Vietnam ’s more comprehensive relationship with the EU during the trip, especially Romania ’s recognition of Vietnam ’s market economy and Hungary ’s endorsement in almost all issues brought to the table.

The visits also helped the overseas Vietnamese communities in those countries, especially in France and Hungary, gain a thorough understanding of the situation in their homeland, particularly the performance of the legislative body, the NA Chairman said.

Chairman Trong also highlighted the company of a large number of businesses during his tour as an indication of local businesses’ growing interest in accelerating economic, trade, investment ties with those countries where they have not yet paid due attention to for a long time.

He said the promotion of the relationship with East European countries is a priority in the country’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of international relations, and in being a friend and trustful partner of all countries in the international community.

He stressed the effectiveness of activities related to foreign affairs undertaken by the National Assembly, saying this is the channel that helps the country get access to different parties, both governing and non-governing ones, and hear different viewpoints.