Romania: Mourners mark 29 years since execution of Ceausescu


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Dozens of mourners gathered at the grave of Romania's last communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena, in Bucharest, Tuesday, to commemorate the 29th anniversary of their executions.
Mourners, who included members of the Romanian Communist Party, listened to old songs from the socialist period and lit candles by the grave side.
In power from 1965 to 1989, Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed in the city of Targoviste on December 25, 1989, by firing squad, after being convicted of genocide during a rapid, show trial.
Ceausescu cultivated an extensive cult of personality during his decades in power, in which his wife Elena was also venerated, said to have been inspired by the personality cults of the Asian communist leaders Mao Zedong and Kim Il-sung whose countries he visited in 1971.
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