The European Union has criticised leftist Prime Minister
Victor Ponta’s tactics in trying to ensure the centre-right
President Traian Basescu was removed from office and demanded
the government respect Constitutional Court decisions.
The row between Ponta and Basescu has delayed policymaking
in the EU’s second-poorest member state and raised doubts over
Romania’s International Monetary Fund-led aid deal, sending the
leu currency to record lows.
Official data showed voter turnout at Sunday’s referendum
did not reach a required 50 percent level and the decision on
Basescu’s impeachment was delayed until Sept. 12.