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Ilie Văduva

Ilie Văduva
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania
In office
November 11, 1985 – August 26, 1986
President Nicolae Ceauşescu
Preceded by Ştefan Andrei
Succeeded by Ioan Totu
Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation
In office
August 26, 1986 – May 21, 1988
President Nicolae Ceauşescu
Presidential Counselor
In office
December 1988 – December 22, 1989
President Nicolae Ceauşescu
Personal details
Born (1934-00-00) December 0, 1934 (age 80)
Podari, Oltenia, Romania

Ilie Văduva (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈli.e ˈvəduva]; born in 1934) was a Romanian communist politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania from 1985 until 1986, Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation from August 26, 1986 until May 1988 and Presidential Counselor from December 1988 until December 1989. He was one of the arrested after the 1989 overthrow of the Nicolae Ceauşescu regime.

Life and political career

Văduva was born in 1934.[1] He was an alternate member of the Central Committee of Romanian Communist Party since 1979 and became a full member in 1984.[2] Văduva who advised on economic issues and had no knowledge of international relations was regarded as the protégé of the First Lady of Romania, Elena Ceauşescu who appointed him to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs replacing a more experienced and successful minister Ştefan Andrei, previously appointed by Romanian leader and Elena's husband Nicolae Ceauşescu.[3][4] Văduva served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 11, 1985 until August 26, 1986 mainly promoting Elena Ceauşescu's international profile. While a minister, he was also caught in the midst of heated Romania – United States relations with increasing pressure from the United States on Ceauşescu regime for abuse of human rights.[5][6] He was removed for his ineffectiveness in international affairs of Romania and appointed Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation.[7] He held this post until May 21, 1988, when he was sacked by the Romanian leadership for his role in storing the toxic waste in the Black Sea port of Sulina causing an environmental scandal and outrage. However, a few months later, in December 1988, he was again given a high ranking position serving as the Presidential Counselor.[2]

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