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Parties fret over setting up new Parliament majority

Following the Constitutional Court’s decision to confirm Traian Basescu’s victory, Democrat Liberals are running intense negotiations with parties and recruiting new ‘independents.’ Turmoil in the Social-Democrat Party.

The Constitutional Court on Monday evening rejected PSD’s request to cancel the presidential runoff and validated incumbent President Traian Basescu’s second term in office. The nine CCR members’ decision was unanimous.


Both Social-Democrat leader Mircea Geoana and his Liberal ally Crin Antonescu conceded defeat, but voiced disappointment with the outcome. Geoana wished Basescu good luck with his second term, but underlined that he will continue fighting to expose what he deems as massive election rigging.


Antonescu voiced regret and ‘frustration’ over the lost battle, underlining however that this was not to be blamed solely on Geoana. The Liberal leader said he did not regret setting up an alliance with the Social-Democrats, but that “from now on our paths will diverge.”


Several world leaders have congratulated Basescu on his victory, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, British PM Gordon Brown and EP president Jerzy Buzek.


Meanwhile, PDL is intensely negotiating the creation of a new majority, to assure safe passage for a Democrat Liberal government. PDL leaders reiterated their determination not to give away the prime minister post, in exchange for Liberals’ support in Parliament.


Two PSD Senators joined the group of independent lawmakers yesterday, a day after two deputies did the same thing. Initial reports said a Liberal Senator also left, but the information was denied. The new additions reportedly give PDL enough number of seats to make sure the next cabinet will pass.


Calls on Geoana to resign mount, as many PSD leaders are angry with the election defeat and the fact the party remains in the opposition. The Social-Democrat president called or unity and asked his colleague to put off any talks about his resignation until next year, so as not to further “weaken” the party’s position on the political stage.

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