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Democrats vote in favor of merger with a heavy heart The session of the Democrat Party College calmed things for a while on Wednesday. Democrats were forced to accept the merger with the Liberal - Democrats and, one by one, resignedly signed. Still, behind closed doors, the leaders of the party expressed their discontent. According to sources, the head of Democrats, Emil Boc, tried to calm down his party colleagues, saying that the merger is obligatory, with all the drawbacks it involves, and that statements and riots may not be visible, so that the party wouldn't lose its supporters. 
Political supporters of President Basescu join forces in newly born Romanian party The Democratic Party (PD) has announced its merger with the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) to create the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL). The leaders of the two parties announced on Monday that their groups will merge to form a new political party. Until internal elections take place, it will be lead by the former Democratic leader Emil Boc and by two vice-presidents: Theodor Stolojan of PLD and another PD designated one.
Romania opposition Social Democrats dismiss rumored offer to ally with governing Liberals The leader of the main opposition party in Romania, the Social Democrats (PSD), announced on Monday that his group would stick to the opposition, thus dismissing earlier claims that the governing Liberals (PNL) would negotiate a possible entry of the PSD in the government. PSD leader Mircea Geoana said his group would continue to oppose both the parties that are now part of the governing coalition and the political groups supporting President Traian Basescu.
US Ambassador: Romanian constitution is too weak to support a democracy US Ambassador to Romania Nicholas Taubman said in a talk show on the Romanian public television this weekend that the constitution of Romania is too weak to support a democracy. He added that the constitution is easily manipulated or tricked. Taubman argues that the core document needs to be rewritten or at least adjusted.
Electoral Office hands mandates to 35 new MEPs The Central Electoral Office handed on Friday the official representation mandates to the new 35 Romanian Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). After receiving the mandates, the 35 must also be validated by the European Parliament.
Few answer Romania President call for talks following low-turnout Sunday poll Romanian President Traian Basescu has invited parliamentary parties for consultations on Thursday, November 29 following the two polls that took place in Romania last Sunday - a referendum on changing the the electoral system in Romania and the first European elections in the country. But only three parties agreed to attend the Thursday talks: the two parties supporting the president and the Hungarian Democrats.
Far-right leader Tudor changes mind on leaving Romania Parliament The leader of the far-right Greater Romania Party (PRM), Corneliu Vadim Tudor, announced on Tuesday he reconsidered his decision to withdraw from the Parliament, as announced on Sunday night. Tudor had made the announcement after exit polls at the first European elections that took place in Romania on Sunday showed his party failed to win enough votes in order to enter the European Parliament.
Democrats threaten party branch leaders over voter apathy in Sunday elections The failure of the main party supporting Romania President Traian Basescu, the Democrats (PD), to lure a majority of voters to a referendum called last Sunday by the head of state is now being transferred to PD party branch leaders. PD secretary general Vasile Blaga declared on Monday after a party meeting that the central leadership of the group would reshuffle several party branches. Blaga also admitted he was dissatisfied with the elections results of the PD in the first EU elections that took place in the country also on Sunday.
Romania far-right leader C.V. Tudor announces resignation from Parliament The leader of the far-right Greater Romania Party (PRM), Corneliu Vadim Tudor, announced on Sunday evening that he would resign from the Romanian Parliament on Monday morning following the announcement of the results for the first European elections that took place in Romania. PRM received only 3.4% of the votes, well below the necessary threshold to enter the European Parliament.
Chronology of recent election turnout in Romania, new member states The low turnout reported in the first European elections that took place in Romania on Sunday was nothing exceptional among other EU countries and follows a trend that has been visible back home for years. As long as the EP elections are concerned, Romania falls in the lower ranks among EU member states in terms of turnout.
Romania governing Liberals, opposition faction boycotting referendum on uninominal vote Romanian PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu and several other leaders of the governing Liberals (PNL) said that they did not vote in a referendum on the introduction of uninominal voting on Sunday as they saw it as a futile poll. They said they only voted in the first European Parliament elections in Romania, a poll that also takes place today. The same stand was adopted by a faction of the main opposition party, the Social Democrats (PSD).
Romania PM Tariceanu attacks President Basescu over road constructors Romanian prime-minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu launched a fierce attack on Thursday against what he called “the kings of asphalt - businessmen who he says are winning tenders for infrastructure works because of their close links to the Presidency, despite their not having the capacity to complete the projects. Tariceanu accused that road traffic in Bucharest was completely blocked because of the companies run by these businessmen.
President last speech before the uninominal vote referendum In a press conference on Friday evening, president Traian Basescu once again called Romanians to participate in the referendum this weekend, organized in order to change the electoral system from voting party lists to two-ballots uninominal voting. The referendum is organized during the same day as the elections for the European Parliament.
President Basescu: "In case referendum is not validated and government's law is constitutional, I will promulgate the project" President Traian Basescu announced on Thursday night, while participating in a talk-show at Realitatea TV, that he decided not to participate in the final debate round organized by the Public TV station, TVR, on Friday. "The Social Democrats, the Liberals and the Hungarian Democrats put up the menu. TVR is controlled", said Basescu.
Referendum poll: 52% participation, 71% support presidential version According to a recent poll by the Social Research Office (BCS), 52% of the Romanian respondents will participate in the referendum called by president Basescu on November 25. The referendum was organized in order to change the current electoral system (politically-decided party lists) with the uninominal system. Meanwhile, PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu and his cabinet assumed responsibility for an uninominal voting system described by president Traian Basescu as “incomplete”.
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President Traian Basescu appeals, as promised, to unconventional communication means, chosen from the non-conventional media to promote the uninominal voting system he has submitted for a referendum due to take place later in November. He has opened an information hot-line with his own voice recorded.
President Basescu: "Uninominal vote will decrease number of MPs by 30%" Participating in the „Ziua si Evenimentul” (Day’s event) show at the public radio station, Romania president Traian Basescu declared that the participation in the referendum for adopting a uninominal vote system will lead to a turn of tables in the electoral system: Romanians will make the law for politicians, not the other way round.
Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu goes blogging Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu is the latest of Romanian politicians to have a blog, which can be accessed at ioniliescu.wordpress.com. The honorary president of the Social Democratic Party, the main opposition party in Romania, who also serves as Senator already posted three articles on his blog.
Main opposition party to call for Romania Foreign minister Cioroianu to resign
The Social Democratic Party (PSD), the main opposition party in Romania, would urge the current Liberal Foreign minister Adrian Cioroianu to resign on Monday over his recent statements that Romanian criminals abroad should be sent for re-education in a desert camp, PSD sources told HotNews.ro prior to a party meeting.
Survey: traffic police seen as most corrupt institution within Romanian Ministry The traffic police is perceived as the most corrupt department of the Romanian Interior, closely followed by the Customs Police, shows an INSOMAR survey quoted by Romanian news agency NewsIn.

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