(Chamber of Deputies)
The lower house of the Parliament of Romania.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Macedonia.
Slobodan Casule is a member of the small right-wing New Democracy (ND) party and was a celebrated journalist and political commentator before being drafted into government service as an adviser in March 2000. He was appointed Foreign Minister on 29 November 2001.
Born on 27 September 1945 in Skopje, he excelled at languages and began work in 1965 as an interpreter and journalist with Skopje Television. His command of Spanish was put to use from 1967 when he was posted to South America to act as the company's Chile and Peru correspondent. He remained in the region for 13 years and graduated in philology from the Pontifical Catholic University in Lima, Peru, in 1972. After seven years with Skopje Television he switched to the Yugoslav TANJUG news agency in 1974 and was moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to cover all of Latin America.
He returned to Yugoslavia in 1980 to become Chief Editor of TANJUG in Macedonia. He held this position for 10 years before becoming Director and Chief Editor at Macedonian Radio. In the newly independent Macedonia he continued to work at the radio station, as editor/commentator from 1994. For four months in 1999 he was Director General of the Nova Makedonija daily newspaper. The following year he was appointed Republic Adviser to the Government. In November 2001, when Prime Minister Ljubčo Georgievski turned to small parliamentary allies such as the recently established ND to form a new coalition, Casule, one of two ND Ministers, was elevated to the post of Fereign Minister.