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Chivu Stoica (the family name being Chivu;[1][2] 8 August 1908 – 18 February 1975) was a leading Romanian Communist politician, who served as 48th Prime Minister of Romania.

Chivu Stoica
Chivu Stoica 1957.jpg
President of the State Council
In office
24 March 1965 – 9 December 1967
Prime MinisterIon Gheorghe Maurer
Preceded byGheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
Succeeded byNicolae Ceaușescu
48th Prime Minister of Romania
In office
21 October 1955 – 21 March 1961
Preceded byGheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
Succeeded byIon Gheorghe Maurer
Personal details
Born(1908-08-08)8 August 1908
Smeeni, Romania
Died18 February 1975(1975-02-18) (aged 66)
Bucharest, Romania
Political partyRomanian Communist Party


Early lifeEdit

Stoica was born in Smeeni, Buzău County, the sixth child of a ploughman.[3] At age 12 he left home, and started working as an apprentice at Căile Ferate Române, the state railway corporation. In 1921, he moved to Bucharest, where he worked as a boilermaker at the Vulcan, Lemaître, and Malaxa companies. There he met Gheorghe Vasilichi, who recruited him into the Communist Party.[3]


In spring 1931, Stoica started working for the Grivița Railway Yards, where he met Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Vasile Luca, and Constantin Doncea; together, they started organizing a strike.[3] On August 20, 1934, he was sentenced to 15 years of prison for his role in the Grivița Strike of 1933.[4] At Târgu Jiu prison, he was close to Gheorghiu-Dej, who may have wanted Stoica to be his successor as General Secretary.

He was a member of the Central Committee of the Romanian Workers' Party from 1945 to 1975, and of the Politburo. He served as Prime Minister of Romania between 1955 and 1961 and as President of the State Council of Romania (de facto head of state) from 1965 until 1967.

In his later years, he fell out of favour with Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena.


His death, by a hunting rifle bullet to the head, was ruled a suicide.[5]


His first wife was Ecaterina (b. Klein),[2] and his second one was Maria (b. Manolescu), an engineer, with whom he had a daughter.[6]


  1. ^ Tismaneanu, Vladimir. "Balta fetida a minciunii: Nepmanul Ponta intre bolsevism si peronism" (in Romanian). Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Dosarele de cadre ale Ceausestilor" (in Romanian). Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c ‹See Tfd›(in Romanian) Paula Mihailov Chiciuc, "Din înaltul ordin al partidului", Jurnalul Național, July 18, 2006
  4. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Romanian) Stelian Tănase, Dej – omul resentimentului Archived 2007-10-10 at the Wayback Machine, from Magazin Istoric
  5. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Romanian) Chivu Stoica Archived 2012-03-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Betea, Lavinia (21 May 2013). ""Sinuciderea" lui Chivu Stoica, consilierul Pacepa şi traducătorul "savantei" Lenuţa". Retrieved June 12, 2014.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
President of the State Council
24 March 1965–9 December 1967
Succeeded by
Nicolae Ceaușescu
Preceded by
Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej
Prime Minister of Romania
21 October 1955– 21 March 1961
Succeeded by
Ion Gheorghe Maurer