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Magyar Narancs - Hungary | Monday, July 9, 2012

Băsescu's impeachment a welcome step

The impeachment proceeedings against Romanian President Traian Băsescu have met with some severe criticism in Romania and abroad. The publicist Attila Ara Kovács shows sympathy in the online edition of the weekly paper Magyar Narancs for the move by the social liberal coalition that has governed the country under Victor Ponta since the start of May: "In the past years Traian Băsescu shaped Romania's politics and the institutional system to suit his own tastes. He filled the most important positions in the state apparatus with people close to him - at times even against the will of his own party - the Democratic Liberal Party. ... The Constitutional Court practically eats out of his hand, as does the recently dismissed ombudsman. Under Băsescu, violations of rights were a day-to-day occurrence. Until now everything has happened according to his will: not only the recently dismissed president of the Senate and the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies obeyed his wishes, but also former prime minister Emil Boc, Ponta's predecessor. ... Băsescu's long years in power have also deformed his personality, although his prejudiced way of thinking and primitive style were clearly visible right from the start."

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