Basescu reinstated as Romanian president

Basescu reinstated as Romanian president
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Romania’s reinstated president Traian Basescu has appealed for unity after the constitutional court overturned the results of last month’s impeachment referendum.

As expected, the court ruled the poll was invalid because turnout fell short of the required 50 percent.

Welcoming the decision, Basescu said it was now time to let bygones be bygones in order to solve the country’s problems.

“We have to restore a functioning democratic Romania, and restore our credibility,” he said.

The government said it will accept the court’s ruling which means Basescu could return to office by Thursday.

But Romania’s acting President, Crin Antonescu called Basescu as an “illegitimate” leader as he was suspended by parliament: “In light of the result of the referendum it still stands that Traian Basescu was relieved of his position,” Antonescu said.

The right-wing president’s term expires in 2014 but despite the pleas for peace, political tensions are likely to continue ahead of November’s parliamentary elections, which are expected to be won by the leftist Social Liberal Union (USL) ruling coalition of Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

The Balkan country needs to focus on austerity policies to keep a five billion euro IMF stand-by agreement on track.

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