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What the newspapers say: September 26, 2008

de Radu Rizea     HotNews.ro
Vineri, 26 septembrie 2008, 5:10 English | Press Review

The king is dead, long live the king! This may be, in short, the essence of the Romanian political life: the parliament votes for the uninominal vote system, the Government designated the electoral colleges, the political parties in the Parliament try to change the shape of the colleges and denounce articles in the Governmental ordinance on the issue as illegal. Then, the Appeal Court decides that the ordinance is legal. All clear, except the conclusions: the Justice will decide whether the electoral colleges designation is really-really legal two week before the elections and no earlier.

Evenimentul Zilei drops the first small - yet powerful - bomb before the future elections. After the far-right Greater Romania party denounced the governmental ordinance defining the uninominal vote electoral colleges as illegal, and also after president Basescu sworn on live TV that he will dismiss his jurists in case the Court decides that the above-mentioned ordinance is declared legal, the Justice spoke: the ordinance does not include illegal articles. Still, Evenimentul Zilei claims that a final say of the Romanian Justice will be made official only on November 11, only two weeks before the elections. In other words, Romanians will know if the electoral system is legal or not only when there will be no time to change anything at all. Or, as a recent advertising campaign said: Romania - simply surprising!

Electoral bonuses are "at large" already, without any possibility for the Justice to stop it. The simple move to accept the increase of pensions for former employees in hard work jobs will cost the Government some 500 million Euros, Gandul notes.

Meanwhile, the world's most expensive perfume - 3,000 Euros per bottle - sold six bottles in Romania in less than one year (according to Evenimentul Zilei), for the full and unexpected pleasure of its designer, Clive Christian.

Not able to surprise anyone, anymore, the war aircraft producer Eurofighter came to promise that all money Romania would spend on its Typhoon planes will return to the country as investments made by car producer Fiat, Gandul notes. Asking the 3,000 Euros perfume buyers could have been another option for making business in Romania.

Just to make the "everyday Romania" picture complete, Romania Libera unveils that the head of an organized crime group in Brasov, nicknamed "the Fighters" (other than the airplanes previously mentioned), is in fact one of Romania's representatives in the Olympic games, Police officer Preda Eugen. He is still at large just because he has not yet returned from his holidays in Turkey.






















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