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What happened while president Basescu was suspended

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Joi, 17 mai 2007, 0:00


While president Basescu was suspended, the new governing coalition, formed by Liberals and the Hungarian Democratic Union (UDMR), as well as the interim president Nicolae Vacaroiu, took some decisions that stirred reactions both in Romania and abroad.
The first move was to modify the Referendum Law, so that Basescu may be dismisses easier. Just as predictable, the new Justice Minister, Tudor Chiuariu, tried to replace an anti corruption top prosecutor, chief of the department where politicians' files are investigated.

With the same rush, the controversial and discussed ANI Law - the law for opening a National Integrity Agency (ANI), to check the wealth of dignitaries - was adopted as a formal institution, subordinated to the Senate.

President Basescu was suspended by the Parliament on April 19, when 322 senators and deputies voted for the suspension and only 108 against it.

The very next day, Basescu said he would not resign, although rumors on the way the referendum law will change were already circulating.

On May 3, the Constitutional Court decided that Basescu may be dismissed with half plus one of the votes expressed during the referendum, instead of half plus one of the electors on lists.

Two days later the same Court decided to transform the modifications into a law, applicable for the May 19 referendum as well.

Even the usually silent US ambassador Nicholas Taubman offered an interview saying that "the rules of the game can not be changed from one day to another".
The law was approved by the interim president Nicolae Vacaroiu the same day, May 5.

During the following week, the new Justice Minister, Tudor Chiuariu, tried to revoke from function the prosecutor handling the files of Marko Bela, head of the Hungarian Democratic Union (UDMR) and Dan Voiculescu, head of the Conservative party.
Florin Tulus, the anti corruption prosecutor, was accused of poor management.

Anti corruption prosecutors and civic rights organizations issued a protest against Chiuariu, asking for his resignation.

German EP Markus Ferber sent an official letter to the Justice Commissioner in the European Commission, Franco Frattini, asking him to activate the safeguarding clauses for Justice in Romania.

As for the controversial ANI law, European officials, civic rights organizations and some of the Romanian politicians say it was built in vain, since the institution will be supervised by those who should be checked.























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