The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) validated on Thursday the referendum that was triggered by President Klaus Iohannis and that took place simultaneously with the European Parliament elections on May 26. The CCR decision will be presented to Parliament.
Constitutional judges unanimously validated on Thursday the results of the May 26 referendum.
The CCR rejected all notifications and the decision will be presented to Parliament.
The European Parliament elections and the referendum on the judiciary, triggered by President Klaus Iohannis, took place on May 26.
According to the Central Electoral Bureau, the question “Do you agree with interdicting the granting of amnesty and pardon for corruption crimes?” was answered by 7,922,591 Romanians, 6,459,383 of them answering “YES.”
The question “Do you agree with interdicting the adoption of government emergency ordinances in the field of crimes, punishments and the structure of the judiciary, and with extending the right to directly challenge the ordinances at the Constitutional Court?” was answered by 7,923,869 Romanians, 6,477,865 of them answering “YES.”
The May 26 referendum registered a voter turnout of 41.28 per cent.
Iohannis:Referendum validation by CCR compels parliamentary political forces to promptly transpose citizens’ will into law
President Klaus Iohannis welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) to validate the results of the May 26 referendum, emphasizing that this compels all the parliamentary political forces to promptly implement what the citizens have decided, the Presidential Administration said in a release.
“President Klaus Iohannis is calling on Parliament to swiftly transpose into law all the provisions set forth in the National Political Agreement he initiated, so that the sovereign will of the Romanian citizens in favor of the rule of law and against changes that could affect the independence of the judiciary, as firmly and unequivocally expressed at the referendum, is respected,” the cited source said.
“The massive popular vote for a European and democratic Romania, where justice must stay independent, was a drastic sanction against all attempts to modify criminal legislation and allow corrupt politicians escape the rigor of the law. At the same time, the citizens have clearly conveyed to the current government the message that it should immediately give up the abusive practice of legislating via emergency ordinances,” the release goes on.
The head of state also notes that on May 26 the citizens have categorically rejected “demagoguery and the anti-European and anti-justice rhetoric advocated by the PSD-ALDE” coalition.