Last week’s suspension of Romania’s president which was passed by parliament has now been upheld by the country’s Constitutional Court.
The vote and the judgement are being seen as a tightening of the ruling Social Liberal Union’s grip on power and was part of a wider political row which has paralysed lawmaking in the country.
The centre-right President Traian Basescu has been accused by his leftist rivals of impoverishing the country with his backing for and IMF-led aid deal.
Romania’s Constitutional Court also approved the appointment of Crin Antonescu as interim president.
A referendum to impeach Basescu is scheduled to take place on July 29.