Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Romania’s President Slams Polls as ‘Fake’

BalkanInsight.com

06 May 2008
Bucharest _ Campaigning for Romania’s local elections is being faked and falsified claims Romania’s President.

Parties are refusing to confront each other because intricate, secret, backroom deals have been done between them, President Traian Basescu told Romania’s public radio station.

He added this was abnormal for a political system, warning it would leave Romania’s apathetic.

Basescu took note of the United States, where Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are slogging it out for the Democratic ticket for the White House.

He accused politicians of being afraid to dig the dirt on their opponents.

Romania’s local elections will be held on July 1 and campaigning got underway on May 2.

In March, the ruling right-wing Liberal National Party (PNL) and the left-wing Social Democratic Party (PSD) agreed to cooperate for parliamentary elections to be held later this year. It is the first time in the country’s postcomunist history that parties from both sides of the political spectrum have cooperated before or after the elections.

The Social Democrats have been instrumental in keeping Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s PNL in power since last year’s collapse of his coalition with the Democratic Party left Tariceanu with the formal support of just a fifth of deputies in parliament.

Additionally the PSD announced in April that it will ally with the smaller Conservative Party for the parliamentary elections. Read more: http://balkaninsight.com/en/main/news/9450

Although no open agreements have been announced by parties for the local elections, several politicians claim secret deals have been done in most Romanian towns.

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