Referendum procedure for president removal in Romania remains unclear.

By bne IntelliNews July 16, 2012
Less than two weeks before the July 29 referendum for president impeachment, Romanias governing coalition has not yet decided on the procedures key elements, daily Adevarul concludes after key politicians continued debates over the weekend. The daily quotes contradictory statements of PM Victor Ponta who pledged before EU officials the process will follow the best practices but took a harder position in Romania. Senior ruling PSD party reportedly considers extending the ballot to two days and opening a large number of voting stations for Romanians abroad. The move would be needed in order to meet a minimum required turnout condition set by the constitutional court and advocated by EU officials. More than half of the registered voters should express their option for the referendum to be valid, the court decided last week. This decision complicates the ruling coalitions plans of dismissing President Traian Basescu via a quick ballot under weaker terms stipulated in an emergency ordinance. The ordinance is still in force, while the law incorporating the courts decision on minimum turnout has to be endorsed by the MPs and afterwards promulgated by the acting president.

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