Suspended Romania president Traian Basescu’s hopes of keeping his job have been given a boost by the opposition, after the Democratic Liberal Party urged its supporters to boycott Sunday’s referendum.
Having been accused of overstepping his authority, opinion polls show that Basescu’s popularity is falling and indicate he is likely to be removed.
His opponents, including Prime Minister Victor Ponta of the leftist Social Liberal Union, scored a victory of their own when a judge ruled polls will be allowed to stay open for an extra four hours.
“I’m sure the Romanian people will come and vote on July 29, and these calls to boycott democracy, and the peoples’ right to hold Traian Basescu responsible (for his actions) will get the treatment they deserve,” Ponta said.
Many are predicting the referendum will not receive the 50 percent turnout needed to validate it due to the boycott and people not showing up at polling stations because of the summer holiday.