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What the newspapers say: November 10, 2008

de A.C.
Luni, 10 noiembrie 2008, 4:16 English | Press Review

Even though there are only three weeks left until the Parliamentary elections, oppositions parties still want to bring down the current government, one newspaper reads on Monday. And politicians can pay to get local support in this years' elections, an investigation shows. Elsewhere in the news, doctors fear that patients will be left to die so that their organs be used.  

Cotidianul reads that senators and deputies debate and vote today on the censure motion, "Education stays, the government leaves", submitted by the opposition. The motion was signed by 94 Democrat Liberals and 34 parliamentarians from the Greater Romanian Party.

This is the sixth censure of motion debated in the 2004-2008 legislature. Three were submitted by the Social Democrats against the first Tariceanu cabinet (Liberals - Democrat Liberals and Hungarian Democrats) and the other two against the second Tariceanu cabinet (Liberals - Hungarian Democrats).

Some 232 votes are needed for the motion to pass in the Parliament. Nonetheless, it is difficult to anticipate the results of the vote. Democrat Liberals count on 135 votes and other votes are expected to add from the minority groups.

Conservative party leader Daniela Popa declared that they did not take an official stand on the issue. However, a Conservative member declared that most surely his party colleagues would vote for the motion.

Social Democrats, at their turn declared that no final decision was taken yet. However, one of the party leaders, Miron Mitrea declared that they would most probably abstain. One thing is certain though: the fate of the government will be soon decided.

Also in politics today, Romania Libera reads that parties choose their representatives based on the money criteria. After an investigation conducted in several counties across Romania, journalists found that this year's Parliamentary elections could be bought by candidates willing to pay whoever it takes to get the necessary votes.

Thus, the newspaper's journalists pretended to be the representatives of a candidate and proposed various mayors money for their support. Thus, the mayors needed to campaign for the candidate even though they have never seen the person. Several mayors accepted willingly the proposal even though they had to betray their official political allegiance.

What is more, journalists found out that mayors have various methods to harass opposition members and put forward electoral bribe methods. Thus, mayors could transfer voters from one constituency to another or they can introduce biased electoral observers  and harass candidates with judicial files.

Last but not least, Romanian doctors fear that patients would be left to die, for their organs, Gandul informs. People who did not express their explicit refusal to donate their organs will be automatically introduced on donor lists.

Just as the Belgian or Portuguese system, Romanians can call a free toll number within the Interior Ministry and announce that they do not wish to donate their organs after death. However, it is not yet clear how the free toll number will function.

Romania's National Transplant director, dr. Victor Zota declared that the law regulating this issue did not take into consideration the approval of the family. He added that these provisions are introduced in the implementation norms, where they can be changed easily.

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