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June 28, 2022

Traian Basescu sworn in, Cabinet in stand by

President Traian Basescu was sworn in for a second term in office in front of Parliament’s joint chambers yesterday, a few hours after attending a ceremony marking the official end of his first term. Before being sworn in, Basescu received Patriarch Daniel’s blessing and heard Constitutional Court president Ioan Vida’s announcement that the court had unanimously validated the president’s re-election

Basescu began his speech by remembering the over 1,000 people killed in the 1989 revolution.

The president continued with an appeal to the entire political class to join forces for the country’s modernization, underlining that he was elected to serve a second term because he overtly assumed this modernization process.

The president also said he will “be open for discussions” with all political parties, in order to join forces for the country and voiced hope that he will have a constructive relationship with Parliament, which will understand the need of its own reform.

Basescu did not forget his favourite campaign topic and once again lashed out at moguls and oligarchs, saying that as long as he is president, he will be a fierce rival to all “attempts to make Romania a country of oligarchs.” In the context, he denounced the “excessive influence” of some financial-economical groups of interests on politicians and state institutions.

During yesterday’s joint session of Parliament, the Constitutional Court also presented its decision to validate the results of the November 22 referendum for the organization of a unicameral assembly and the reduction of the number of MPs from 471 to 300 at most.

The nominated members of the Emil Boc Government will be heard today within the Parliamentary Commissions, with the Senate and the Lower Chamber set to meet in a joint session tomorrow in order to cast the vote of investiture on the Government, the Lower Chamber’s Vice-President Ludovic Orban (PNL) announced yesterday after the meeting of the joint permanent bureaus.

After the Social-Democrats announced during the weekend that they won’t vote for the Government, the Liberals have expressed the same point of view. PNL President Crin Antonescu stated yesterday that the Liberal MPs will categorically vote against the Boc IV Government.

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