The Romanian Senate passed on Monday the draft law on lustration, aimed at revealing the former top Communist Party members who still hold official positions in the state. 69 Senators voted in favor of the legislation with 42 votes against – mostly from the opposition Social-Democratic and Greater Romania parties - and nine abstentions.

The draft law was initiated by one Liberal senator three Liberal deputies including former Culture minister Mona Musca. It bans former members of the Communist leadership from holding public office for 10 years.

Press agencies reported a week ago that while accepting several amendments the Senate rejected two proposed changes, including one that would ban former ship commanders from holding state office. President Traian Basescu was a ship commander before the fall of Communism.

The draft legislation is to be debated in the House for a final approval.