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Romanian Parliament Votes To Impeach President

Romanian President Traian Basescu delivers a speech at the Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest on July 3.
Romanian President Traian Basescu delivers a speech at the Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest on July 3.
The Romanian parliament has voted to impeach President Traian Basescu.  

A total of 258 lawmakers out of 432 voted in favor of the move. However, the impeachment will only take effect if approved in a referendum within 30 days.

Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu will serve as interim president now that Basescu has been effectively suspended from the role. He said the referendum will take place on July 29.

Analysts say the impeachment vote is part of a power struggle between Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who heads the left-leaning Social Democratic Party.

Basescu's opponents accuse him of overstepping his authority by interfering with the prime minister's office and trying to influence judicial affairs.

Basescu says the campaign against him has violated the rule of law and put at risk "the stability and reputation of the country."

Reacting to the vote, Basescu said he would use "all constitutional resources" to stay in power to the end of his term in 2014.

Both the European Union and United States have expressed concerns over the government's actions in recent days, including a decree by Ponta barring the Constitutional Court from ruling on parliamentary decisions.

Earlier this week, lawmakers voted to remove the speakers of both houses of parliament, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. Both were allies of the president.  

Basescu was impeached in 2007 but survived a referendum.

However, the Ponta-led government this week passed a law making it easier to oust Basescu from office.

Now, a simple majority of votes cast is needed to push Basescu out. Before, a majority of all voters in Romania was required.

Unlike many European countries, Romania's president is not merely ceremonial.

Basescu is in charge of foreign policy, the powerful intelligence services, and the country's defense policies.

With reporting by dpa and AFP
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 07, 2012 09:15
Wow, the RFE/RL never gets tired of demonstrating time and again its ability to predict what will happen in the European and global political arena: they have been "anticipating" beginnings of the end of the (anti-US) "bloody regimes" of Putin, Ahmadinejad and Bashar al-Assad, and WHAT HAPPEND IN FACT is the end of the (pro-US) regimes of Sarkozy in France, Tadic in Serbia and Basescu in Romania.
Just as I was saying: you, NATO guys, are on the right way into oblivion - militarily (Afghanistan), economically (the debt crisis) and politically (the removal of pro-US presidents in one country after the other).
Have a nice week-end, everybody, and prepare for more fun on the financial markets starting from Monday - it looks like this coming July is going to be just as "hot" as the previous one last year was :-)!
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by: Dan from: London
July 07, 2012 11:51
So you think that Hollande is anti American? Hasn't crossed your mind that because of the recession every government whether left or right will be voted out of office.

You keep praising the democrats, Ahmadinejad, Assad and Putin we'rd all wish for the freedoms of the peoples of those countries... time to return to planet Earth mate.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 08, 2012 08:32
You are asking, Dan: "So you think that Hollande is anti American?" I think that right after his election Hollande announced his decision to withdraw the French troops from AFGHANISTAN. If this kind of decisions are not anti-American then I don't know what is.
You are saying: "wish for the freedoms of the peoples of those countries". As far as I am concerned, I wish freedom for the peoples of Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy - freedom from the German/IMF-imposed economic genocide. And I am sure this liberation is coming soon - right after all those countries have gone bankrupt as a result of the criminal economic policies of Frau Merkel.
Something similar has already in the past: in RUSSIA after the default of 1998 - when the criminal pro-US Yeltsin regime was thrown out and replaced by the govt of Vladimir Putin; in ARGENTINA after the default of 2001 - when the pro-US criminal cleptocracy was thrown out and replaced by the Chávez-friendly govt of Nestor and Cristina Kirchner.
And right now similar things are happening in Serbia and Romania. So, just allow sufficient time - and everyone will return to planet Earth, including yourself, mate :-)).
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 07, 2012 14:07
George W Obama will lose the election, and then NATO will disappear

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