USL challenges social assistance law in CC

The Social-Liberal Union (USL) will challenge in the Constitutional Court (CC) both the proceedings and voting of the social assistance law, Mediafax quoted Lia Olguta Vasilescu, spokeswoman for the Social-Democrat Party (PSD) departments, to have said yesterday. Vasilescu explained that, despite an original count of 164 yes votes being announced, which was not enough for the bill to pass, a few seconds later the electronic board displayed a number of 168 yes votes. The Social-Democrat also criticised the former labour minister Sebastian Lazaroiu for admitting on a television programme he was unaware of the number of socially assisted persons in Romania.

President Traian Basescu, while at the Economist Conferences Bucharest Summit yesterday, nonetheless praised the bill for cutting the national assistance programmes down from 54 to nine, which means only the truly needy people will be the beneficiaries.

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