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Court ruling gives suspended Romania's president Basescu hope

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Suspended Romanian president Traian Basescu could hang onto his job if there is a turnout of less than 50 per cent for the referendum aimed at ousting him.

The country’s Constitutional Court, has said the threshold must be met, but the Social Liberal Union, which is in power, is challenging the ruling.

The political manoeuvring to get rid of the right-wing president is worrying the EU.

“We still have a lot of questions when it comes to respect of the independence of the constitutional court and the judicial power under the constitution,” said EU Commission Spokesperson Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen.

Driving his own car, Basescu left the presidential palace in Bucharest on Tuesday, uncertain about whether he will remain in the key role.

The crucial referendum is set for July 29.