Presidential spokesman Valeriu Turcan announced on Thursday that president Traian Basescu will suffer a surgical intervention on the thyroid. According to the official, Basescu chose the intervention over a long-term drug treatment.

The surgery will take place during the following days at the Military Hospital in Bucharest and will be conducted by a team of Romanian doctors.

Update There will be no attribution transfer or interim president named. This problem is out of the question, given the fact that the intervention will only take an hour. It's hard to believe that a vital decision may be required within that hour", said the presidential spokesman.