Romania's government says it has started procedures to change the country's constitution, slashing the number of lawmakers by more than a third and abolishing one house of Parliament.
Prime minister Emil Boc said Wednesday the government adopted a draft proposing to cut the number of lawmakers from 471 to 300.
Boc says president Traian Basescu will send the draft to Parliament for debates and approval. The next general election is scheduled for 2012.
A referendum on the issue was held in November 2009 and an overwhelming majority voted to reduce the legislature. Critics say democracy could decline with only one house, and with fewer seats available candidates seeking nomination by parties could increasingly resort to bribes.