Romania's governing alliance launches procedure to suspend President Traian Basescu
Political sources claimed for HotNews.ro today that the Government has already adopted an emergency ordinance changing the law on the functioning of the Constitutional Court. Such a move would make it so the court would no longer be able to give mandatory approval over parliamentary decisions. That means a decision in Parliament by the governing alliance of Social Democrats and Liberals (USL) - who challenge President Basescu's authority - to suspend the president may be declared unconstitutional by the court, but such a finding would no longer be mandatory.
The government has not yet confirmed that such an ordinance has been adopted, but a minister confirmed the existence of such a document.
Earlier today, PM Victor Ponta has said there was no normative act by which Constitutional Court judges be changed and that there was no intention to affect their independence.
In the early afternoon, a spokesman for the Liberals (PNL), part of the USL alliance, told Realitatea TV news channel that a plenary session of the Parliament might vote for the suspension of President Traian Basescu on Friday.