Former Defense Chief now Bucharest Mayor
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Col. Gen. Constantin Olteanu, the former defense minister, has been appointed first secretary of Bucharest’s municipal Communist Party committee and mayor of the capital, according to the Romania Libera newspaper.
The newspaper reported Monday that Olteanu, who was replaced as defense minister last week by Col. Gen. Vasile Milea, acted in his new capacity to greet President Nicolae Ceausescu and Bulgarian leader Todor Zhivkov when the two visited a building site in central Bucharest during a visit by Zhivkov on Sunday.
Olteanu replaced Ghorghe Pana as mayor. Pana was named minister of the food industry on Dec. 16. The organ was created as part of a drive to increase food supplies.
Both Olteanu and Pana have been members of the Communist Party Politburo, the party’s top ruling body.