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March 29, 2023

President appoints Constitutional Court judge

The president Traian Basescu signed, on Wednesday, the decree to appoint Petre Lazaroiu to the Constitutional Court bench, Mediafax informs. Lazaroiu is 57 and was appointed judge at the Constitutional Court by the president Basescu in 2008, for a term ending in 2010. He had taken over the seat held, since 2001, by Petre Ninosu, who died on July 26, 2008. Meanwhile, the Chamber of Deputies’ Standing Bureau adjourned for next week making a decision on the appointing of a Constitutional Court judge, the secretary of the Chamber, Dumitru Pardau, announced, on Wednesday, adding there have been prolonged talks on the matter.

In the Chamber’s Tuesday meeting, the candidate brought up by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) for the Constitutional court bench, Valter Dorneanu, collected 161 votes in favour, whereas the Democratic-Liberal Party (PDL) candidate Stefan Minea secured only 123 votes. The Speaker of the Chamber, Roberta Anastase, argued that Dorneanu would have had to collect 168 favourable votes, that is, the majority of votes out of the total number of deputies, and suspended the meeting, announcing the voting would be resumed in a subsequent session. The decision has been contested by PSD lawmakers, who accused Anastase of abuse in office and threatened they would file a complaint if the Speaker of the Chamber persists in “violating the law”.

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