Romanian Opposition Plans New Move to Impeach President

World | August 30, 2012, Thursday // 20:30|  views

A photo dated 22 July 2012 shows Romanian suspended President Traian Basescu gesturing during a media briefing in Bucharest, Romania. EPA/BGNES

A new impeachment of Romanian President Traian Basescu would be a possible and legitimate move, according to Romanian Conservative Party representative Dan Voiculescu.

"Romanians want the removal of Basescu, and Article 95 of the Constitution allows the start of a new impeachment procedure without any problems," Voiculescu has told local media, as cited by the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency.

Voiculescu has recommended that the new impeachment procedure be launched at the end of October or the beginning of November, so that the next referendum could coincide with the country's general elections (December 2.)

Voiculescu's Conservative Party is a member of the ruling Social Liberal Union of Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

In the July 29 referendum, more than 87% voted for impeachment - but only 46% of registered Romanian voters took part.

In the past months, Romania has fallen in a deep institutional crisis that has pitched against each other the cabinet and President, both arguing the other side is encroaching on its constitutional powers.

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Tags: Romania, impeachment, Referendum, Traian Basescu, Victor Ponta, president, social liberal union


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