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Evenimentul Zilei - Romania | 02/09/2014

Romania's government acts like Putin

Romania's social democratic government on Thursday approved an emergency decree allowing local politicians 45 days to switch parties if they wish to without losing their mandate. Critics accuse the government of trying to secure the support of mayors with good access to voters in the election campaign. The daily newspaper Evenimentul Zilei is beside itself with rage: "When such a decree is issued shortly before the elections clearly there's something fishy about it. ... The defectors are expected to switch allegiance to those who co-finance the local budgets. ... But for that they have to curry favour with the Social Democrats, register with the party and support its presidential candidate. Such interventionism testifies to an understanding of democracy that can only be found in Putin's Russia."

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