Roumanian Head Pledges to Suppress Anti-semitic Groups

George Tatarescu, secretary of the Liberal party, who was charged with the task of forming a new cabinet to take over the reins of government following the resignation of the short-lived Angelescu ministry, today succeeded in obtaining the agreement of Nicholas Titulescu, Foreign Minister in the Duca cabinet, to hold that portfolio in the new government and completed his cabinet list.

The new premier publicly pledged that he would use strong measures against organizations engaged in agitation among the Roumanian population. Referring to the anti-Semitic Iron Guard, a member of which assassinated Premier Ion G. Duca just one week ago today, M. Tatarescu said he would vigorously suppress “fruitless agitation”, which he said harmed Roumania and adversely affected its foreign relations. He warned that attempts to create dissension would be considered as high treason and would be dealt with accordingly.

The decision of M. Titulescu to join the new cabinet is taken to indicate that he had received assurances that a firm hand would be raised against the Iron Guardists. His failure to support the cabinet of Dr. Constantin Angelescu was based on his belief that the Angelescu government would not be strong enough to check the Iron Guardists and Roumanian Nazis. M. Titulescu is considered the “strong man” of Roumanian politics and is one of the most popular men in the country. His acceptance of the cabinet post contributes considerably to the stabilization of the political situation here.

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