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Romanian official compares president to Hitler

A Romanian government adviser sparks outrage after posting a video clip comparing the country’s president to Hitler as political tensions simmer after mass anti-corruption protests last month.

The clip shows an altered photo of centre-right President Klaus Iohannis, a strong government critic and ethnic German, sporting a hairstyle and moustache like Adolf Hitler.

Under the photo, it reads “Heil Iohannis,” with a Nazi salute.

The video, posted by the left-wing government’s advisor, Darius Valcov, on Facebook, also describes the group Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania (FDGR), which Iohannis led until 2013, as a “Nazi organization.”

Valcov, a former finance minister of the ruling Social Democrats who is appealing an eight-year-prison sentence for corruption meted out by a court in February, removed the video after a flood of outraged comment.

— AFP

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