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Romanian president 'survives' crucial vote

Romanian president 'survives' crucial vote
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In Romania, suspended President Traian Basescu has declared victory following a referendum to oust him from office.

Speaking to jubilant supporters, the former sea captain said the people of Romania had backed him by staying at home.

Earlier in the evening, unofficial exit polls put turnout at around 44 percent.

Under Romanian law half the electorate plus one must vote for the impeachment to be valid.

Despite that, the turnout and official referendum result has not been announced.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s ruling leftist coalition moved to impeach Basescu after accusing him of exceeding his authority and meddling in government policy, something Basescu denies.