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Magyar Narancs - Hungary | Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Băsescu has good chances of staying in office

The Romanians will decide in a referendum on Sunday whether Traian Băsescu is to remain head of state. On his blog with the online edition of the weekly paper Magyar Narancs, Attila Ara-Kovács predicts that Băsescu will stay in office: "On July 19, at the prompting of Prime Minister Ponta, the Romanian parliament modified the referendum law, which will certainly work to Băsescu's advantage. In the spring, when Băsescu and the conservative PDL that backs him were still in power, the law was changed per emergency decree to prevent the possibility of the head of state being dismissed. … After the new coalition government led by Ponta took the helm it went to straight to work to reactivate the old law. But because Brussels took issue with this, the government was eventually forced to back peddle. According to the 'new-old' law a referendum is only valid if more than half of those eligible to vote take part; that is more than nine million people. In the middle of the summer it's impossible to get that many voters to the polls."

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