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Klaus Iohannis
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5th President of Romania
Assumed office
21 December 2014
Prime Minister Victor Ponta
Gabriel Oprea (Acting)
Victor Ponta
Sorin Cîmpeanu (Acting)
Dacian Cioloș
Sorin Grindeanu
Mihai Tudose
Mihai Fifor (Acting)
Viorica Dăncilă
Preceded by Traian Băsescu
Leader of the National Liberal Party
In office
28 June 2014 – 18 December 2014
Preceded by Crin Antonescu
Succeeded by Alina Gorghiu
Vasile Blaga
Leader of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania
In office
Preceded by Wolfgang Wittstock
Succeeded by Paul-Jürgen Porr
Mayor of Sibiu
In office
30 June 2000 – 2 December 2014
Preceded by Dan Condurat
Succeeded by Astrid Fodor
Personal details
Klaus Werner Iohannis

13 June 1959 (1959-06-13) (age 62)
Sibiu, Romania
Political party Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania (1990–2013)
National Liberal Party (2013–2014)
Independent (2014–present; PNL membership suspended while president)
Carmen Lăzurcă (m. 1989)
Residence Cotroceni Palace
Alma mater Babeș-Bolyai University

Klaus Werner Iohannis also spelled Johannis (born 13 June 1959) is the current President of Romania. He became leader of the National Liberal Party in 2014, after having served as leader of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania from 2001 to 2013. Iohannis was a physics teacher and a school inspector before entering full-time politics.

Iohannis was first elected mayor of the city of Sibiu in 2000, representing the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania. Iohannis won a surprise victory and was re-elected by landslides in 2004, 2008, and 2012.

Iohannis is credited with turning his city into one of Romania's most popular tourist destinations, and the city was declared the European Capital of Culture in 2007. In February 2013, Iohannis became a member of the National Liberal Party, accepting an invitation from Liberal leader Crin Antonescu, and was immediately elected the party's First Vice President, becoming the party's President the following year.

In October 2009, four of the five political groups in the Parliament proposed him as a candidate for the office of Prime Minister of Romania. He was again the candidate for Prime Minister of the National Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party in the elections in the same year.

He is a Transylvanian Saxon, this is one of the oldest German minority group in Romania which settled in Transylvania in the 12th century.

Personal and professional life

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Born in the historic centre of Sibiu to a Transylvanian Saxon family, Klaus Iohannis is the eldest child of Susanne and Gustav Heinz Johannis. He has a younger sister, Krista Johannis (born 1963). Iohannis has stated that his family settled in Transylvania in present-day Romania 850 years ago.

After graduating from the Faculty of Physics of the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca in 1983, Iohannis worked as a high school physics teacher at various schools and colleges in Sibiu, including, from 1989 to 1997, the Samuel von Brukenthal Gymnasium in Sibiu, the oldest German-speaking school in Romania. From 1997 to 1999, he was Deputy General School Inspector of Sibiu County, and from 1999 until his election as mayor in 2000, he was the General School Inspector, head of public schools in the county.

Secretary Tillerson and Romanian President Iohannis Pose for a Photo Before Their Meeting in Washington (34814507170)
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis 2017

Iohannis is fluent in German and Romanian at a native level and also speaks English. The original spelling of his name (which is German) is Johannis, but the name was registered by a Romanian official as Iohannis on his birth certificate and he has used both spellings interchangeably.

In 1989, he married ethnic Romanian Carmen Lăzurcă, an English teacher at the Gheorghe Lazăr National College in Sibiu. Iohannis is a member of the Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession in Romania, the German-speaking Lutheran church in Transylvania.

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