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Cablegate: Medar Out, Stanisoara In: President Reshuffles

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SUBJECT: MEDAR OUT, STANISOARA IN: PRESIDENT RESHUFFLES
PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORS


1. (SBU) The Presidential Office announced 3/15 a major
reshuffle of the Presidential Administration, including the
naming of Mihai Stanisoara as National Security Advisor;
Sebastian Lazoroiu as the head of a reorganized Political
Planning department; Cristian Preda as Presidential Advisor
for Education and Research; and Bjujor Bogdan Teodoriu as
Presidential Advisor for Economics. Biographic sketches of
the four new Presidential Advisors follow:

Mihail Stanisoara
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2. (SBU) Mihai Stanisoara replaces General Sergiu Medar (who
is reportedly retiring for health reasons) as National
Security Advisor. Stanisoara has presided over the Chamber of
Deputies Defense Committee since December 2004. He is a
member of the PD,s National Standing Bureau-)e.g., the top
executive party body--having been elected one of the party,s
executive secretaries in May 2005. Stanisoara began his
parliamentary career in 2000, and was reelected from the same
constituency in Mehedinti county, South-East Romania in 2004.
He served in as a member and subsequently president of the
foreign policy committee and concurrently as head of the
delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and as a member
of the Romanian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary
Assembly. Stanisoara was also the general secretary of the
Ministry of Defense for a brief period in early 2000 (note:
he served under then-defense minister Sorin Frunzaverde, who
resumed the MOD portfolio in late 2006.)

3. (SBU) Between 1992 and 1999, Stanisoara served as the
general secretary and subsequently as president of the
Mehedinti Chamber of Trade and Industry. Before 1989, he was
an engineer in Turnu Severin (Mehedinti county) and
Timisoara, and a teaching assistant at the Timisoara
Technical University. Stanisoara graduated from the
Polytechnic Institute of Timisoara in 1986, and subsequently
obtained a PhD in technical sciences from the same institute
in 2003. Stanisoara also attended the NATO College in Rome
(2006), the Superior College of National Security (2005) and
the Defense College in Bucharest (2001). He is currently
enrolled in a doctoral program at the Bucharest-based Police
Academy in the field of public order and national security.
Mihai Stanisoara is 45, is married, has two children and
speaks excellent English.

Sebastian Lazaroiu
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4. (SBU) Sebastian Lazaroiu until recently was Managing
Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Sociology
(CURS), one of the leading polling institutes in Romania. He
is also lecturer at the National School of Political Studies
and Public Administration. Between 1999-2000, Lazaroiu was
Research Director at the Center for Marketing Studies and
Polls (CSOP-TNS), a partner of Gallup International. His
educational background includes coursework in Quantitative
Methods of Social Research at the Inter-University Consortium
for Political and Social Research at the University of
Michigan.

Cristian Preda
--------------

5. (SBU) The appointment of Cristian Preda, the former Dean
of the Political Science Department at the University of
Bucharest, as Presidential Advisor for Education and Research
fills a long-vacant position created in July 2006 when two
new departments were created in the Presidential
Administration, including the Department for Public Health
and the Department for Education and Research. Preda was
formerly the MFA's deputy Minister for Francophony. Preda,
41, does not have any known political party affiliation.

Bujor-Bogdan Teodoriu
---------------------

6. (SBU) Bujor-Bogdan Todoriu replaces Theodor Stolojan as
State Counselor and head of the Economic Department in the
Presidential Administration. Stolojan resigned last year
following his decision to reenter party politics (note: he
was in the vanguard of a group of PNL leaders who left the
party to form a new breakaway Liberal Democratic Party
closely aligned with President Basescu.) Todoriu served as
Minister of Research and Technology from 1996-98, and
subsequently served in a variety of positions as both a
member of parliament or deputy minister in various

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governments. Teodoriu, 54, is a longtime member of the
Democratic Party.
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