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Opposition Party Launches Procedure for Suspending Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis

AUR, the nationalist party, launches the procedure to suspend Romania’s President, Klaus Iohannis. The party leaders consider the president should be suspended because he betrayed the presidential institution. Also, one of the main reasons is the trust of the people in their president: only 14%, following the president’s way of managing the social, sanitary, and political crisis.

The initiative came in a challenging moment on the Romanian political stage. The country has an interim government following the dismissal of the Liberal government in Parliament. Also, the designated Prime Ministers failed to create a majority to pass their cabinets. In this context, Romania’s President will soon be free to dissolve the Parliament and start the early elections procedures.

The suspension of the president is not a premiere in Romania. Traian Basescu was suspended twice during his mandates, once in 2007 and 2012. Both times he succeeded in avoiding his suspension because the total voters didn’t meet the necessary 30%.

For suspending the President in Romania, there are three essential steps:

  • 2/3 MPs vote for suspending the president
  • the Romanian Constitutional Court gives the green light for referendum
  • during the referendum there are 30% of the total number of voters to express their vote and the majority vote for the suspension.

At the moment, AUR has just started the media campaign to support the idea of suspension. Also, the party leaders started getting the necessary number of signatures from the members of Parliament to justify such a procedure. Besides, a website for helping people sign for the president’s suspension was launched on Monday, November 1.

Judging by the distribution of the seats in the current Parliament, there are negligible chances of making this procedure successful.

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