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Romania referendum - questions growing

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Romania referendum - questions growing


In Romania, campaigning continues ahead of a referendum on the impeachment of suspended president Traian Basescu amid growing concern over the ballot.

With less than two weeks to go, it is unclear just who will get to vote, whether the ballot will run over one or two days – and whether a 50 percent turnout will be required.

Since Basescu was suspended on July 6, the ruling Social Liberal Union has changed the law so a simple majority would suffice.

However, that has angered Brussels which warns Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s party is failing to protect the rule of law and democratic institutions.

In what could prove a significant move, the EU and the IMF have decided to delay a planned visit to Romania until after the referendum to avoid being caught up in the campaign.

Parliament suspended Basescu for 30 days on the grounds he was blocking government reform, abusing his position and interfering with the judicial system.

Basescu claims the move is an attempt by the ruling party to protect some of its own members from corruption charges.

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