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September 17, 2019
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USL asks Basescu to resign

USL representatives claim that Traian Basescu lost the people’s support, considering that 8 million Romanians voted to impeach him.

Crin Antonescu waits for final results before taking a decision on his retirement from politics.

Suspended president Traian Basescu asked USL yesterday “to stop its war against state institutions,” pointing out that “together” they have to consolidate institutions, not to subordinate institutions to parties. At the same time, Basescu also stated that his personal conclusion after the referendum is that an ideological, social and economic fault line has been created in Romanian society, pointing out that his major goal until the end of his term in office will be to diminish and eliminate it and pointed out that he will not give up that goal. Basescu added that “those that organized the failed coup d’etat have to answer before state institutions,” pointing out that anyone can be held accountable “when deliberately issuing laws that block the activity of institutions.” Asked how will he cohabitate with the current majority, the suspended president stated that he will do it in an institutional manner and that he is experienced in this regard since 2007. “Those that organized the failed coup d’etat have to answer before state institutions,” Basescu added, pointing out that anyone can be held accountable “when deliberately issuing laws that block the activity of institutions.” Basescu concluded by stating that Romania has two enemies: the economic crisis and the drought. Also yesterday the suspended president stated, when leaving the PDL headquarters after meeting several party representatives there, that USL has to see whether what it did to Romania was honorable. On Sunday night, after the voting ended, Basescu stated that he considers himself “stronger than ever,” even though Premier Victor Ponta stated that he cannot have legitimacy as head of state after “eight million” citizens voted against him. Referring to USL, Basescu also stated that it has to note it lost 10 per cent of the political capital it had won in the local elections and he could be a partner to USL leaders if they understand “the lesson that Romanians administered to them.” Also on Sunday night, the suspended president thanked ethnic Hungarians, pointing out that he understood the signal they gave. At the same time, Basescu stated that he did not vote because he asked Romanians to boycott the referendum and because he did not want to legitimize, through his presence, a referendum in which the number of votes was “inflated” and in which girls in bikini cast their votes. Basescu added that he changed the campaign strategy on July 24 because on that day the interim president promulgated the law that concerned the minimum voter turnout threshold at the referendum, underlining that Antonescu could have refused doing that. The suspended president displayed a conciliatory attitude on Sunday night. Thus, he stated that, once he returns to the Presidential Palace, he will try to generate a feeling of reconciliation in society. At the same time, Basescu added that “the flame of democracy has remained lit” and Romanians “rejected the coup d’etat.”Yesterday Traian Basescu, during his speech, said he is expecting to be called to the Prosecutor’s Office while he has his immunity lifted. USL threatened to sue the suspended president for accusing the union of ‘coup d’etat’ – an expression Traian Basescu used endlessly during the electoral campaign for the referendum.

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