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Romania parliament votes to suspend President Basescu

06/07/12 21:03 CET

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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