The Romanian parliament has voted to suspend President Basescu from office after the ruling coalition accused him of violating the constitution and exceeding his authority.
A referendum has been set for July 29 to let the people decide whether he should continue.
Amid souring relations between the president and the prime minister, the centre-left coalition replaced key Basescu allies, including parliamentary leaders and the country’s ombudsman.
Some observers have said they are concerned about the state of democracy in Romania.
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