Romania: Education minster fired over insensitive comments

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s prime minister says she has fired the education minister, who made comments considered insensitive about a recent criminal case.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Friday in a Facebook post that Ecaterina Andronescu’s statements reflected an “irresponsible attitude” and “lack of understanding” about the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped while hitchhiking.

Andronescu said on a television talk show that “I was taught at home not to get in the car with strangers.”

Dancila said she didn’t want Andronescu’s comments “to be associated with the Cabinet I lead” and warned that other similar instances would be met by her with the same action.

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Andronescu said she didn’t mean to blame the victim or her parents.

Culture Minister Daniel Breaz has been appointed interim education minister.

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