The Romanian Senate approved Thursday the governmental ordinance on the creation of the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA). Senators voted in favor of the document 109 to 1 with two abstentions, after a similar decision in the House.
The ordinance changes the former National Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office into the DNA, an institution which is allowed to investigate elected and named officials over allegations of graft.
The House sparked a huge scandal earlier this year when it rejected the ordinance on first reading because many MPs of the governing coallition of parties were not present for the vote. Consequently, President Traian Basescu sent the document back to Parliament for a renewed vote.