Ro­ma­nia’s tie­less PM sticks neck out

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bucharest, ro­ma­nia» The Ro­ma­nian prime min­is­ter’s tie­less look has be­come a talk­ing point be­fore the par­lia­men­tary elec­tion — ap­plauded by some but also a rea­son for dis­ap­proval in the con­ser­va­tive Eastern Euro­pean coun­try.

Da­cian Ci­o­los is the first prime min­is­ter, af­ter Pe­tre Ro­man, a univer­sity pro­fes­sor who played a key role in Ro­ma­nia’s 1989 rev­o­lu­tion, to pro­voke pub­lic de­bate for not wear­ing a tie in for­mal pub­lic ap­pear­ances.

A former Euro­pean Union com­mis­sioner, Ci­o­los was ap­pointed premier in Novem­ber 2015 to head a govern­ment of tech­nocrats, af­ter Vic­tor Ponta was forced to re­sign over mas­sive anger about a night­club fire that killed 64.

Ro­man be­came fa­mous for his red jumper and daz­zling smile. He fought in the rev­o­lu­tion where more than 1,100, died and donned his fa­mous red jumper as he was named pro­vi­sional prime min­is­ter dur­ing the re­volt, af­ter Com­mu­nist leader Ni­co­lae Ceaus­escu was over­thrown and ex­e­cuted.

Af­ter Ro­man was for­mally ap­pointed prime min­is­ter, he be­gan wear­ing ties.

Ci­o­los’ de­ci­sion to go tie­less dur­ing the elec­toral cam­paign is per­ceived as a po­lit­i­cal ges­ture, not a fash­ion state­ment.

“It shows that he is re­laxed and doesn’t want to cre­ate a dis­tance be­tween him­self and the av­er­age per­son,” said Lia Galic, an English teacher.

How­ever, oth­ers said the lack of neck­wear, was irk­some. “It is a lack of re­spect. How can he ap­pear with­out a tie? Even crooks wear ties. He mocked us,” said Valentina Lu­pan, an ar­chi­tect.

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