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President’s impeachment, just a weekend speech?

“All people of the power, most likely those who have been recently harmed in the PDL internal election, as well as some of those who may not appreciate the announced Cabinet changes.”

Crin Antonescu went in the spotlight again after his Friday statement that USL would start the procedure for the impeachment of President Traian Basescu. The reasons we already knew: interference with a political party’s internal affairs as well as with the government’s economic policies. The arguments of all those trying to explain why the president’s action was constitution are also known. It looked like a simple week-end speech with the arguments and counter-arguments known to saturation by every TV owner in this country. In other words, a tempest in a teapot, just perfect to fill the space of a talk-show between two insipid news bulletins. And yet, this time, even if I still cannot see the finality of the action as I have not enough data available and no premonitory powers, it seems different. First of all, it is different because many MPs are sitting there, waiting to switch sides. All people of the power, most likely those who have been recently harmed in the PDL internal election, as well as some of those who may not appreciate the announced Cabinet changes. USL defections are also announced: at least three MPs are said to be looking to leave the opposition and draw closer to the source of light and income. The problem in ‘identifying’ those is that the strategy of anyone who lured them is to have them betray at a key-moment, when the opposition needs their votes the most.

Of course that an action like this cannot be the impeachment, because it would be a too big thing to just count on the word of honour of people you already know are betrayers, but a possible no-confidence vote or an important bill could be regarded as a good opportunity to put their reliability to the test. (‘Puterea’)

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