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What the newspapers say: February 28, 2011

de V.O.
Luni, 28 februarie 2011, 9:38 English | Press Review

Romanian newspapers on Monday discuss the results of key elections within the Hungarian Democratic Union (UDMR), which is part of the governing coalition. One newspaper follows the leads of an inquiry that led to the arrest of a top customs official, another tells where in Romania people are living longer, and yet another interviews Oscar star Colin Firth. The record breaking audiences of Romania got talent TV show also feature in today's papers.

Hungarian Democrats (UDMR), the current partners of the Democratic Liberals (PDL) in the governing coalition, held a Congress this weekend where they elected a new leader, to replace veteran party president Marko Bela. Kelemen Hunor was elected party president on the occasion.

According to Adevarul, Kelemen Hunor's election come against plans by the oposition Social Democrats and Liberals to break the governing coalition and lure UDMR to their side. That is, because Kelemen Hunor is reluctant to withdraw from the coalition with PDL, leaving only hopes for the opposition that UDMR would some day open up to negotiations.

Gandul interviews Kelemen Hunor on the occasion of his election as UDMR president, and he is quoted as saying that the signing of a new protocol of collaboration with PDL this week is a top priority for him. He is quoted as saying that a key point on the agenda of the protocol is a law on Romanian minorities, which he says can be approved before the end of 2011.

Romania libera newspaper follows the story of Cornel Costea, head of the Ploiesti customs office, who was arrested under corruption last week and who has hinted that he would not go down alone, but will take with him other high profile people involved in corruption schemes in Romanian customs. According to the newspaper, in Costea's case prosecutors will hear the accounts of Sorin Blejnar, head of fiscal authority ANAF, who has to testify as a witness in the case, as does Adrian Dobre, the prefect of Prahova county. Hearings will also involve other top customs and fiscal officials in Bucharest.

Elsewhere in the news today, Adevarul quotes a study that shows people in Bucharest live, on average, longer than people in any other part of the country, despite them suffering of all the illnesses of civilization, such as stress and fast food consumption. Meanwhile, the paper reads, men living in villages in Satu Mare county, North Romania live eight years less than the country average. People in Western Romania have the shortest lives in average, according to statistical data quoted by the newspaper.

Meanwhile, Gandul reads that the second edition of the Romania got talent TV show, broadcast on Friday, managed to break the record of the first edition, with about one in five Romanians watching the show. It reads that in the minute of highest audience the show was watched by more than 4.5 million Romanians, a record for TV entertainment in the past eight years.

And Evenimentul zilei publishes an interview with Colin Firth, who won Oscar with The King's Speech, who presents age as an advantage for an actor as "the life of an actor becomes interesting at 35". He speaks of his performance in The King's Speech and of his career as an actor so far.

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