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August 4, 2021

65 pc of Romanians would vote to remove Basescu from office, poll says

An opinion poll conducted by the Public Policies Institute (IPP) shows that 65 per cent of Romanians would vote in favour of having President Traian Basescu removed from office if such a referendum were to take place, Hotnews informs.

17 per cent would vote against his removal from office. The President can be impeached by Parliament through the vote of the majority of MPs, with a referendum then set to decide, in 30 days’ time, whether the President will remain in or will be removed from office. Opposition leaders have made several statements in recent months about initiating a new impeachment procedure against Traian Basescu.

The poll also asked the respondents about their voting options in the Parliamentary elections scheduled in 2012. Thus, 40 per cent of the respondents said they would vote for PSD, 26 per cent for PNL and 12 per cent for PDL. The newly established Union for the Progress of Romania, a party established by independent MPs and led by Gabriel Oprea, would win 7 per cent of the votes, followed by UDMR with 5 per cent. The respondents were also asked to say “which of the candidates at the 2009 elections would be suitable for the country’s current situation.” 43 per cent answered PNL President Crin Antonescu would have coped better with this task than Traian Basescu. Ex PSD leader Mircea Geoana got 32 votes, while Traian Basescu 19 per cent.

The opinion poll was conducted on July 9-16 on a sample of 1,040 persons.

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