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ROMANIAN CHIEF RESIGNS PARTY POST

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President Ion Iliescu resigned Friday from the National Salvation Front, the party that was swept to power by the December revolution and led to victory by Iliescu in the May national elections.

The Front, under the charismatic leadership of Iliescu and Prime Minister Petre Roman, has dominated government since December's violent ouster of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.Iliescu resigned from the party to conform with a temporary electoral law enacted by the former provisional parliament that stipulates that the president cannot be a leader of a political party.

Although the law does not apply to ministers, Foreign Minister Adrian Nastase joined Iliescu in resigning from the party Friday.

A communique issued by the Front said the party will be led by its five vice presidents until a congress expected in September, when a new party president will be chosen to replace Iliescu. The five are Bogdan Patrascu, N.S. Dumitru, Sorin Vornicu, Claudiu Iordache and Constantin Costescu.

Although bitterly opposed by many intellectuals and accused by opposition members of being a neo-Communist, Iliescu received more than 80 percent of the vote in the race for the national presidency.