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Ethiomonarchist

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His Majesty King Michael of Romania is celebrating his 91st birthday.  Below are links to articles and photographs of the King and his supporters taken at a ceremony to mark his birthday at the Elisabeta Palace and in downtown Bucharest where a square has been officially renamed in honor of his majesty.  While the right wing President of Romania remains cool to the King, the leftist parties are increasingly supportive of the Royal family. 

http://news.yahoo.com/romania-government-honors-ex-king-91st-birthday-114127763.html;_ylt=A2KJ3Cavr4pQQjkAlJrQtDMD

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/romanias-former-king-michael-attends-ceremony-elisabeta-palace-photo-145455957.html

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/romanias-former-king-michael-waves-supporters-ceremony-downtown-photo-113550613.html

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/romanias-former-king-michael-attends-ceremony-downtown-bucharest-photo-114120918.html

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/supporters-romanias-former-king-michael-shout-slogans-ceremony-photo-114218256.html

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I think parliamentary elections are due next month, and parties sympathetic to restoration are expected to win them. Unfortunately, thanks to Viktor Orban and Traian Basescu and apathy, there will be no restoration until after the 2014 presidential elections. Hopefully Crin Antonescu will run in those and win, and he shall be the interim President while the restoration is made real. King Michael will probably not be restored though. He's already 91, I'm not sure if he's got 2+ years of life left in him. I would imagine the restored monarch will be either Princess Margarita (1st in line), Princess Elena (2nd in line), or Nicolae Medforth-Mills, Elena's son (3rd in line). Basescu, btw, is ineligible for reelection in 2014, while Antonescu   is the overwhelming favorite if he runs, so it's entirely possible that by 2015 we might see a restoration of Romania's monarchy. Does anybody know, btw, what level of support a restoration of the monarchy holds among the Romanian people?
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I think parliamentary elections are due next month, and parties sympathetic to restoration are expected to win them. Unfortunately, thanks to Viktor Orban and Traian Basescu and apathy, there will be no restoration until after the 2014 presidential elections. Hopefully Crin Antonescu will run in those and win, and he shall be the interim President while the restoration is made real. King Michael will probably not be restored though. He's already 91, I'm not sure if he's got 2+ years of life left in him. I would imagine the restored monarch will be either Princess Margarita (1st in line), Princess Elena (2nd in line), or Nicolae Medforth-Mills, Elena's son (3rd in line). Basescu, btw, is ineligible for reelection in 2014, while Antonescu   is the overwhelming favorite if he runs, so it's entirely possible that by 2015 we might see a restoration of Romania's monarchy. Does anybody know, btw, what level of support a restoration of the monarchy holds among the Romanian people?


Last I heard it was about 15% or something like that.

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I think parliamentary elections are due next month, and parties sympathetic to restoration are expected to win them. Unfortunately, thanks to Viktor Orban and Traian Basescu and apathy, there will be no restoration until after the 2014 presidential elections. Hopefully Crin Antonescu will run in those and win, and he shall be the interim President while the restoration is made real. King Michael will probably not be restored though. He's already 91, I'm not sure if he's got 2+ years of life left in him. I would imagine the restored monarch will be either Princess Margarita (1st in line), Princess Elena (2nd in line), or Nicolae Medforth-Mills, Elena's son (3rd in line). Basescu, btw, is ineligible for reelection in 2014, while Antonescu   is the overwhelming favorite if he runs, so it's entirely possible that by 2015 we might see a restoration of Romania's monarchy. Does anybody know, btw, what level of support a restoration of the monarchy holds among the Romanian people?


Last I heard it was about 15% or something like that.


I think that number is from 2008 though. I'm wanting to know the level in 2012.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crin_Antonescu

Apparently Romania's next President is reliably cited to be a low-profile advocate of restoring the Romanian monarchy! Antonescu in 2014, He Will Restore The King!
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crin_Antonescu

Apparently Romania's next President is reliably cited to be a low-profile advocate of restoring the Romanian monarchy! Antonescu in 2014, He Will Restore The King!


I dunno about that. There have been monarchist presidents in the past - the duc of Magenta, Hindenburg, etc. - and none of them have gone so far as to actually restore the office. I don't actually know of a case - ever - of a democratically elected president ceding power willingly to a monarch. Don't mean to dispel hopes.

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Not sure how decent a methodology they used, but a "confidence poll" gives King Michael a 36.6 pc rating. It was done by the IMAS polling agency for Adevarul newspaper, conducted in the middle of January.
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That still was far ahead of Romania's political leaders. The fact that state TV (TVR) has a "Royal Hour" every weekend is significant.
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