30 December 1947
Proclamation of the Romanian Popular Republic
The lead in the coup d’état and the decision by Romania to joining the Allied Coalition brought important international prestige to King Michael I. At the same time, the increased public sympathy made the Soviets determined to avoid questioning the issue of the monarchical institution. This eventually happened as late as the end of 1947 and in the context of the beginning of the Cold War. King Michael was forced to abdicate on 30 December 1947. With the proclamation of the Romanian Popular Republic, the final obstacle against establishing a Stalinist regime was removed.