Wednesday, June 22, 2011

AP: Romanian opposition parties disagree with president's plans to divide Romania into 8 regions

BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's two opposition parties tell President Traian Basescu that they disagree with his plans to divide Romania into eight regions, rather than 41 counties and the capital.

Crin Antonescu, who heads the Liberal Party, told Basescu at a Tuesday meeting that his plan to reorganize Romania was politically motivated because it would concentrate more territory in the hands of the governing party ahead of local and general elections.

Basescu accused the Liberals and opposition Social Democrats of opposing reforms.

Last week, an ethnic Hungarian Party in the coalition government said it will urge ethnic Hungarians to protest if a region based on ethnic lines is not recognized. Basescu does not agree with the party's demands.

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