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Gândul - Romania | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Romanian foreign ministry sets a trap

Romania's Foreign Minister Titus Corletean resigned on Monday, on the grounds that he did not want to commit an illegal act by complying with the demand to increase the number of polling stations outside the country for the second round of the presidential election. In reality the government is just looking for a pretext to contest the results of the election if necessary, the online daily Gândul argues: "Prime Minister Ponta is ignoring the protests from within the country and abroad and is instead trying to put the silly idea into people's heads that his rival Iohannis has set a trap. The liberal demands more polling stations abroad, Ponta points out, however this is illegal in the view of the Foreign Ministry so the election results can be legally contested afterwards. ... What Ponta seems to have forgotten, however, is that the election results can also be contested if thousands of people are not allowed to exercise their right to vote because they have been excluded from the electoral process."

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