Former liberal legend Radu Câmpeanu died today at the age of 94. He was born on February 28, 1922 in Bucharest, Romania.
“We announce with sorrow that senior liberal Radu Câmpeanu ceased to exist today. He will remain in our hearts as the first PNL President after 1989, the man who refounded Romania’s National Liberal Party after experiencing harsh communism period and terrible years in jail as a political prisoner. We send our prayers and condolences to his family,”
Radu Campeanu died at 94 (photo: europafm.ro)
reads a statement from the Liberal Party.
Also Romanian President Klaus Iohannis mourns the loss of the great liberal leader:
“The reconstruction of the National Liberal Party and the rebirth of a democratic life in Romania are related to the name of Radu Câmpeanu. While in exile, he promoted a free Romania and after 1990 he fought for his European values in his home country. The death took away one of the most authentic political seniors of Romania. May he rest in peace!”, wrote Iohannis on Facebook.
Radu Campeanu was the first president of PNL after the fall of communism. He served as president of the Liberal Party from 1990 to 1993.
A lider of the Liberal Youth before the Second World War, he was a student during the war. After the WW2, Campeanu took part in anti-communist demonstrations from 24 to 28 February 1945.
He was arrested in 1948 and spent several years in Communist prisons. After his release as a political prisoner, he emigrated to France with his wife Monica Papadopol and their son Barbu. In Paris, he was very active among the exiles, and was suspected as a security informer after the arrival of Paul Goma.
In 1990, Campeanu returns to Romania where he contributes to re-foundation of the PNL party whose president will be between 1990 and 1993. He was also elected a liberal senator of Bucharest during the 1990-1992 legislature. He ran for Romania’s Presidency in the 1990 elections when he earned 10.64% of votes and ranked 2nd.
In April 1992, PNL split from the Romanian Democratic Convention under Campeanu’s rule, and the party scored under the 3% threshold in the elections the same year.
On February 28, 1993, Liberal Deputies and Senators removed Radu Câmpeanu from function and replaced him with Mircea Ionescu-Quintus who was elected as the new president of the party.