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CNN: Romanian president faces impeachment

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Bucharest, Romania (CNN) — Romania’s leftist government began impeachment proceedings Wednesday to suspend President Traian Basescu. In a motion filed in parliament, the ruling coalition accused the president of violating the country’s constitution and overstepping his authority.

The motion is the latest in a series of attacks over the past month between Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

A vote on the motion scheduled for Friday is expected to pass, given that the coalition holds a comfortable majority in parliament. If this were to happen, Basescu would be suspended for a month and the country would hold a referendum within 30 days on whether he should remain in office.

During the president’s suspension, National Liberal Party leader Crin Antonescu, who is also the newly appointed president of the Senate, would assume the interim presidency.

The ruling alliance of Social Democrats and Liberals this week passed a law making it easier for the coalition to impeach Basescu.

In addition, Ponta accused some Constitutional Court judges of political bias and incompatibility and suggested that they be replaced.

The court, in turn, said Ponta was trying to dismantle it and threaten its independence.

EU Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding said on Twitter that she was “seriously concerned about the recent attacks on the independence of the Constitutional Court of Romania.”

On Tuesday, the ruling coalition sacked the heads of both chambers of parliament, who were Basescu allies, and replaced them with politicians close to Ponta.

Also Tuesday, the coalition dismissed the country’s ombudsman, whom it accused of political bias. The newly appointed ombudsman, Valer Dorneanu, is a former Social Democrat member of parliament.

Basescu told reporters Tuesday that the country’s current situation can be compared with riots that occurred in June 1990 by miners who staged violent demonstrations in the streets of Bucharest with the goal of bringing about political change.

“I warn the politicians that by breaking the country’s laws and constitution, the country and its 22 million people are put in an extremely difficult situation,” Basescu said.

The impeachment motion is to be read Thursday during a special meeting of parliament. Read more at CNN

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Written by Theophyle

July 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

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