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Change of Government in Roumania?: M. Luca Spoken of As New Premier: His Latest Utterance on Jewish

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The Roumanian Press has been forecasting for weeks past the resignation of the Prime Minister, Professor Jorga, and his succession by M. Duca, the leader of the Liberal Party, with M. Argetoianu, the Minister of Finance in the present Government and a close friend of King Carol, as a leading member of the new Government. The change is now held to be imminent, in view of a special audience for which Professor Jorga has been summoned to Sinaia by the King, coupled with the fact that the President of the Roumanian Parliament, Professor Pompeiu, who has been abroad, has been telegraphically recalled to Bucharest, where he is expected to arrive to-morrow, and will be immediately received by the King in audience, and that M. Duca, who has been on a tour in Bessarabia, has also been summoned back to Bucharest and is to have an audience with the King immediately on his return this week.

During his present tour in Bessarabia, M. Duca gave an interview to the Kishineff Yiddish daily “Unzer Zeit”, in which, speaking of the minorities question in Roumania, he declared that the Liberal Party believes that all minorities in the country should be treated with the utmost consideration and tolerance, on condition that they are loyal to the Roumanian State. The Jews play an important part in international policy, he went on, and they must be recognised as an important factor and a valuable element of the Roumanian people, and they should enjoy all minority rights. I myself have many friends among the Jews in Roumania, he added, and I recognise their services to the country.

Questioned with regard to the Jewish National Party of Roumania, M. Duca said: Speech is silver and silence is golden. I cannot give you any definite answer to this question. But one thing I can say and that is – the Jewish Party in Roumania is an accomplished fact, and must be taken into account. We Liberals are now conducting serious negotiations with the Jewish Party, and the results of these negotiations will be made known shortly.

Speaking of the antisemitic terrorist organisations, the Archangel Michael, the Iron Guard, and the Christian League, M. Duca declared that the Liberal Party is convinced of the harmfulness of these organisations and is determined to suppress them.

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