Emil Boc is the new Romanian prime minister. He has been sworn into his role.
He is the youngest ever Romanian leader and will lead a coalition of the liberal and social democrats. Boc was the second choice of President Traian Basescu when Theodor Stolojan turned him down last week. President Basescu said: “A compromise was needed in order to get through a difficult period, and I want to believe that this government will fulfill its mission until 2012.” Boc says his goal is the stability of the country, to sort out the economic crisis, tighten state budgets, and introduce reforms, draconian ones if necessary. Boc says the aim is to get Romania out from under the watchful eye of the EU while continuing the drive for membership of the Eurozone.