07 February 2008 Bucharest _ Romania’s Constitutional Court has declared that the president has the right to reject a nomination to a vacant ministerial post only once.
The Court’s judgement, issued on Thursday, has put an end to a prolonged dispute between Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and President Traian Basescu.
In recent weeks the two leaders have been at odds over Tariceanu’s nomination of Senator Norica Nicolai as the minister of justice in place of Tudor Chiuariu who resigned amidst a corruption investigation in December.
Basescu has said that Nicolai, who is from the prime minister’s National Liberal Party, is unsuitable for the post because of what he called her “negative public image”. Read more: http://balkaninsight.com/en/main/news/7388
Basescu is closely linked to the opposition Democratic Party, whose ministers were ejected from the coalition government last year.
Following the Constitutional Court’s ruling, Tariceanu can now nominate another candidate for the post of justice minister whose appointment cannot be vetoed by the president.Until a new minister is appointed, the justice portfolio will remain, on a temporary basis, with Defence Minister Teodor Melescanu.