Political supporters of President Basescu join forces in newly born Romanian partyThe 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 LiberalsThe 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 democracyUS 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 MEPsThe 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 pollRomanian 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 ParliamentThe 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 electionsThe 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 ParliamentThe 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 statesThe 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 voteRomanian 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 constructorsRomanian
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 referendumIn 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.
Referendum poll: 52% participation, 71% support presidential versionAccording 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”.
"To listen to president
Basescu, dial 031.620.62.00" 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 bloggingFormer 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
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