Romania PM sacks foreign minister over protests

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Posted: Jan 23, 2012 8:33 AM
Romania PM sacks foreign minister over protests

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc sacked Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi on Monday for comments he made about anti-government protests, seeking to ease public anger and draw a line under more than a week of rallies.

Baconschi said last week that protesters who threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at police were "inept and violent slum-dwellers" and compared them to miners who in the 1990s repeatedly descended on Bucharest and used violence to influence political developments.

"I have taken the decision to recall Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi and have forwarded a proposal to the Romanian president to remove him from his functions for the comments he made," Boc told parliament.

(Reporting by Sam Cage, Radu Marinas and Luiza Ilie; editing by Tim Pearce)