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Romanian court confirms Basescu suspension

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-07-09

Romania's Constitutional Court agreed on Monday to back the parliamentary deputies' decision last week to suspend President Traian Basescu, accused of overstepping his powers by sacking members of parliament.

AFP - Romania's constitutional court on Monday approved last week's vote by deputies to suspend the country's president and appointed a member of the centre-left ruling coalition to replace him.

"The court notes that the procedure for the suspension from his duties of Romanian President Traian Basescu has been respected ... and that the function of interim president will be assured by Crin Antonescu," it ruled.

The court nevertheless ruled that a law passed by deputies that limited the court's power to intervene in parliamentary decisions was unconstitutional.

On Friday, 256 out of 432 lawmakers voted to impeach the centre-right president, paving the way for a national referendum on the issue, set for July 29.

The vote followed a series of controversial moves including the sacking of the ombudsman and both speakers of parliament that has sparked growing alarm from fellow EU members and the United States.

Date created : 2012-07-09

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