Romanias MPs to align referendum procedures to court recommendations.

By bne IntelliNews July 17, 2012
The upper house of the Romanian parliament - the Senate, will summon tomorrow, July 18, to endorse amendments to the public referendum procedure in line with the recommendations of the constitutional court. We recall that the court suggested last week that a public referendum should be validated only if the majority of registered voters participate in it. The issue is critical since the ruling coalition plans to overthrow President Traian Basescu via a public referendum already scheduled for July 29. The leftist coalition would have preferred to run the referendum under an emergency ordinance that stipulates no such minimum required turnout, but EU officials insisted that Romania should follow best practices in this regard and follow the recommendations of the court. Acting President Crin Antonescu, the leader of junior ruling party PNL, assured that once the parliament endorses the amendments to the referendum bill, he would promulgate it so that it can be enforced by the July 29 referendum.

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