Glossary: PCR

Partidul Comunist Romn (Romanian Communist Party). The ruling and only legal political party. Founded in 1921, the Communist Party was declared illegal in 1924 and operated underground until 1944. The party came to power as a result of the Soviet occupation during the final year of World War II. In 1948 it merged with on wing of the Social Democratic Party to form the Romanian Workers Party (Partidul Muncitoresc Romn--PMR). In 1965 the party assumed its present name.

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