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What the newspapers say: September 23, 2008

de V.O.     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 23 septembrie 2008, 8:35 English | Press Review

Romanian newspapers on Tuesday sanction the way authorities in Bucharest acted in the case of 11 European tourists, including a Romanian one, who were kidnapped in Egypt. Also in the papers today, preparations for general elections later this fall continue with the emergence of new star candidates and with governmental plans to lure voters. And US company Bechtel is accused of reinstating the Ottoman Empire on a Transylvanian highway, as one newspaper puts it.

Reports emerged on Monday that a Romanian woman, aged 33, along with 11 other European tourists have been kidnapped in Egypt. Adevarul reports that the woman, who was born in Iasi and now resides and works as a doctor in Germany, was traveling in Southern Egypt with her husband, also a German citizen. The paper provides details of the kidnapping according to various sources and describes the situation as "extreme tourism in Egypt: kidnap-inclusive trip".

The paper also notes that Romanian authorities were very late to react to the kidnapping reports and proved completely unprepared to manage the situation. It also notes that the incumbent president of Sudan - the country were the kidnapped tourists were allegedly taken to - is charged with genocide by an international court and Sudanese authorities have called Romanian President Basescu's support to annul the court's decision.

For its part, Cotidianul writes that the Egypt kidnapping was "sending the Romanian Foreign Ministry head into the sand" as the Ministry was only able to confirm the kidnapping on Monday evening. It also notes that the Italian Foreign Ministry had announced the kidnapping of Italian citizens on Monday at noon, while the German Ministry said the kidnapping took place on Friday.

Also today, Gandul reports that political parties have been putting out star candidates for Romania's first uninominal elections later this fall and comes with the names of Silviu Prigoana, a popular businessman who has made of fortune out of Bucharest waste collection, among others, as well as stunt man Szobi Cseh, known for his roles in Communist-era adventure films.

The two will run for Democratic-Liberal (PD-L) parliamentary seats in the District 3 of Bucharest, which is dominated by PD-L.

Adevarul, on the other hand, reports that the current Government is to discuss a new budget change to cover pension and salary boosts, as well as various other spendings, many of which were decided just as Romania entered the electoral fall. According to the paper, the extra money added to the budget is based on a calculus that the nominal economic growth this year would exceed 24%.

Elsewhere in the news, Cotidianul reports that dozens of Romanian employees of US company Bechtel, in charge with construction works at a major highway being built in Western Romania, accuse in a letter to Romania's Highway Company that they are discriminated by Turkish company Enka, which is a Bechtel subcontractor. According to the Romanian workers, the Turkish are stealing materials and do a thing ten times and still do it badly.






















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