Romania lawmakers vote to impeach president Jennie Ryan at 11:52 AM ET
[JURIST] Lawmakers in Romania voted on Friday to impeach President Traian Basescu [official website, in Romanian] for overstepping the bounds of his authority by interfering in judicial and legislative affairs. The Romanian Parliament [official website] voted 256-114 for impeachment. Romanian voters will have the final say [AP report] as to whether Basescu will be removed from office in a referendum to be held later this month. Basescu has been president of Romania since 2004. In 2009 the Constitutional Court of Romania [official website, in Romanian] declared incumbent president Basescu winner of the country's disputed presidential election [JURIST report]. He has survived impeachment once before. Basescu was reinstated in 2007 after the high court certified results of a referendum in which 74 percent of voters rejected [JURIST reports] Basescu's impeachment.
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