Radu Vasile

Radu Vasile
Prime Minister of Romania
In office
17 April 1998  13 December 1999
President Emil Constantinescu
Preceded by Gavril Dejeu (Acting)
Succeeded by Alexandru Athanasiu (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1942-10-10)10 October 1942
Sibiu, Romania
Died 3 July 2013(2013-07-03) (aged 70)
Bucharest, Romania
Political party Democratic Liberal Party (2000–2013)
Other political
National Peasants' Party (Before 1989)
Christian-Democratic National Peasants' Party (1989–2000)
Alma mater University of Bucharest
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]

Radu Vasile (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈradu vaˈsile]; 10 October 1942 – 3 July 2013) was a Romanian politician, historian and poet.[2]

Originally a member of the National Peasants' Party, Vasile served as the Prime Minister of Romania between April 17, 1998, and December 13, 1999, and was notably confronted with the last Mineriad (February 1999). Between 2000 and 2004, he was a Senator from the Democratic Party (PD). Vasile published poetry under the pen name Radu Mischiu.

Early life

Vasile was born in Sibiu. In 1967, he graduated from the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest. For political reasons (his father having been a political prisoner, a lawyer, deceased in 1986) he was barred access to higher education immediately after graduating school.. In 1971 he became a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Economic History at Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.



  1. (Romanian) Sorin Ghica, "Cel mai dramatic moment din mandatul de premier al lui Radu Vasile", Adevărul, July 3, 2013; accessed July 5, 2013
  2. "RADU VASILE A MURIT. Fostul premier al Romaniei avea 71 de ani si suferea de cancer". Stirileprotv.ro. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gavril Dejeu
Prime Minister of Romania
Succeeded by
Alexandru Athanasiu

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