July 6, 2012, midnight
A referendum has been set in Romania to remove the current president, but the rules of the poll remain unclear. The Romanian parliament last Friday voted to impeach President Train BASESCU. The decision to remove BASESCU from office will now be decided by the voters in a July 29 plebiscite. The parliament also passed a law altering the requirements of the referendum. Under the new law, only a majority of voters who participate must vote to remove BASESCU, instead of a majority of all registered voters. On Tuesday, however, Romania’s Constitutional Court ruled that this new revision was unconstitutional. While the leader of the opposition stated he would abide by the ruling, the official charged with running the referendum stated he would not.