Romanian President Traian Basescu has addressed thousands of supporters in central Bucharest after parliament voted to suspend him for unconstituitional behaviour. “I am still your president”, he said.
He told the crowd he will wait for the Constitutional Court to confirm his suspension before resigning and running for office again. “You have already voted for me three times, twice as mayor of Bucharest and once as president of Romania,” he said.
“It is sure, it is certain that we will meet again at the polls for a fourth time.”
Basescu knows he enjoys wide popular support. But that support is less effusive in the halls of power.
His detractors – led by the opposition Social Democrats but certainly fuelled by the ruling coalition – say he interfered in politics outside of his remit by trying to initiate laws by himself and putting pressure on the judiciary.
Three-quarters of parliament’s deputies voted to remove him. The Constitutional Court had reviewed the list of grievances put forward but ruled there were no grounds for impeachment.