Romania's Newly Appointed PM Names His Government

Published February 8, 2012 10:27AM (EST)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's newly appointed prime minister has named his government, a mix of old and new figures.

The announcement comes two days after the cabinet of Emil Boc, who had been prime minister since 2008, collapsed following protests over austerity measures and declining living standards.

Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, now head of Romania's foreign intelligence service, has said Wednesday seven ministers will remain. He nominated new, younger ministers for the key portfolios of economy, finance, interior ministry and agriculture.

Parliament will vote Thursday on his Cabinet. The ruling coalition and its minority partners have enough votes to approve the government. The opposition has said it will boycott.

Ungureanu, a 43-year-old with a pro-American outlook, says he will resign as spy chief.

By Salon Staff

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