Despite his strong desire to “fight discrimination,” infamous blogger Dan Tanasă failed to get enough votes to secure a seat on the Romanian anti-discrimination council. Csaba Asztalos, however, was re-elected president of the institution, securing a mandate for a further five years.
As we previously reported, seven seats were up for grabs on the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD), and 26 candidates were vying for them, including the openly nationalist Romanian activist Dan Tanasă, whom we don’t have to introduce.
The secret vote of Parliament resulted in the following (final) list of members of the anti-discrimination watchdog (nominating party in parentheses):
- Adrian Diaconu (PSD)
- Horia Grama (PSD)
- Csaba Asztalos(RMDSZ)
- Cristian Iura (PNL)
- Mariana Moț (PNL)
- Claudia Popa Sorina (PNL)
- Cătălina Olteanu (USR)
The members have also elected a president of the council: Csaba Asztalos received a mandate for another five years. He will be assisted in his duties by vice-president Adrian Diaconu, who will fulfill this position for two and a half years.
Asztalos has been on the council since 2002 and has served as its president for 15 years. As a new wave of anti-Hungarian manifestations have been gaining traction and other minorities are also experiencing discrimination, Asztalos says it is a big challenge to be president of the anti-discrimination council today.