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Romanian president survives impeachment referendum

07-30-2012 11:19 BJT

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A referendum to impeach Romania’s president, has fallen short of the voter turnout threshold required for its validity. The country’s election bureau said turnout in the referendum to remove President Traian Basescu from office was 46 percent, below the 50% required to make the result valid.

At a news conference Basescu said he’d been vindicated by a "stay at home" response to the poll. The efforts, by Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s leftist Social Liberal Union to unseat Basescu have already brought a stern rebuke from the European Union, which accused him of undermining the rule of law and intimidating judges. The president is unpopular for backing austerity measures and for perceptions of cronyism.


Romania's interim president Crin Antonescu casts his ballot at a polling station in Bucharest
Photo: REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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