VII. The Contemporary Period, 1945–2000 > B. Europe, 1945–2000 > 7. Eastern Europe, 1945–2000 > h. Romania
  The Encyclopedia of World History.  2001.
(See 1944, Aug. 23–24)
h. Romania
1945, March 2
King Michael asked Petru Groza, leader of the left-wing Plowman's Front, to form a government. Based largely on the National Democratic Front, from the start the new government showed its Communist, pro-Russia leanings.  1
1946, Jan. 7
As a result of British and American pressure, representatives of the opposition parties were included in the government, although the important posts continued to be in Communist hands.  2
May 17
Gen. Ion Antonescu, wartime premier, was condemned to death.  3
Nov. 19
The general election, preceded by a campaign of violence against the opposition, resulted in a majority for the Communist government.  4
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