Romanian President Survives Impeachment Referendum

July 29, 2012, midnight

Romanian President Traian BASESCU was not impeached in a July 29 referendum due to low voter turnout. The Central Election Bureau estimated that turnout was below 46 percent meaning that the vote did not meet the required 50 percent participation of eligible voters to make it valid. Of Romanians who voted, roughly 88 percent voted to impeach BASESCU. President BASESCU has acknowledged it was clear he had lost popular support and he would work towards national reconciliation. Before going to a national referendum, BASESCU had been impeached by parliament due to accusations that he abused his Presidential powers. If the referendum had been successful in removing BASESCU from office, fresh presidential elections would have taken place within three months.

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