Thursday, May 20, 2010

AP: Ex-Communist officials banned

May 19, 2010

BUCHAREST (Romania) - ROMANIA'S Parliament has voted to ban former high-ranking Communist officials from running for public office for five years.

The lower house of Parliament voted 203-40 on Wednesday to ban former Communists, including diplomats, judges, prosecutors, lawmakers and mayors from launching campaigns.

The Senate voted on the same legislation in 2006. It needs only the president's signature - a foregone conclusion.

The new law wouldn't affect former communists now in office. However, it would prevent them from running for re-election for five years.

A bloody revolt ended Communism in Romania in 1989, when dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was toppled and executed. More than 1,000 people were killed.

Parliament still has members who were politically active under communism.

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