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Romania parliament votes to suspend President Basescu


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Romania parliament votes to suspend President Basescu

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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