Friday, March 23, 2007
Commission recommends impeaching Traian Basescu
BUCHAREST (AP) – A Romanian parliamentary commission yesterday recommended suspending and impeaching President Traian Basescu for violating the constitution. The commission, set up to investigate allegations against Basescu brought by three opposition parties, said the president undermined the government, refused to name ministers proposed by Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, abusively took part in cabinet meetings, ordered illegal telephone tapping, and told prosecutors what cases to investigate. Basescu has been at odds both with Tariceanu, a former ally, and three opposition parties. Any decision by parliament to impeach the president would have to be approved the majority of Romanian voters in a referendum – which is unlikely.