President Basescu promulgates referendum law

President Traian Basescu on Saturday, December 14, promulgated the referendum law, informed the Presidential Administration, quoted by Agerpres. According to the abovementioned source, the head of the state on Saturday signed the decree that promulgates the Law referring to the amendment and completion of the Law No. 3/2000 regarding the organisation of referendums.
On December 5, the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) published on its website the motivation of its decision from November 14 in which it rejected as unfounded the objection of unconstitutionality coming from President Basescu, saying that Law on the amendment and completion of the Law No.3/2000 regarding the organisation of referendums was constitutional, at least from the viewpoint of stipulations indicated by the President. Immediately after that, President Basescu announced that he was going to promulgate the referendum law on December 14, 11:59 pm, in the 10th day since he received the motivation from the CCR.
On November 14, the Constitutional Court rejected with a majority of votes the notification from President Basescu regarding the modifications brought to the referendum law, under which the participation threshold got downsized to 30 percent of the electors on the lists. Thus, it will be applied the solution proposed by the Court in July, saying that the reduction down to 30 percent shall be considered constitutional to the extent that it does not apply to such referendums organised within one year since the coming into force of the law. “This is a televised show. Decisions are usually made during the normal working hours, not at night. This is no emergency situation that would require working through the night,” PSD Senator Toni Grebla said on Realitatea TV. The social-democrat confirmed that only after December 15, 2014 authorities may hold a referendum over the new Constitution. The leaders of USL planned to organise the referendum for the revision of the Constitution together with the second round of the presidential elections of next year. This is also why the president tried to delay the enforcement of the new law for as long as he could.

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