Romania’s centre-right president is locked in a power struggle with the country’s leftist government.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta will table a vote to suspend Traian Basescu from power on Friday with a view to holding a referendum on the issue.
One of Basescu’s supporters accused Ponta of building “another red dictatorship” and said Romania would become like Belarus.
Ponta’s Social Liberal Union party says Basescu is the poster boy of the previous Conservative government’s unpopular austerity policies.
His role is a largely ceremonial, but he did influence the reforms demanded by the IMF in return for aid.
The government on Thursday approved a change in the law governing referendums as the left moves to consolidate power after three years in opposition.
The changes mean an impeachment ballot will be valid with a majority of participants, rather than with more than 50 percent of eligible voters.