WORLD NEWS TOMORROW BUCHAREST, Romania — The Constitutional Court has delayed a decision on the validity of a referendum on impeaching Romania’s president until September, in a move that will prolong the country’s political crisis.
Official data showed voter turnout at Sunday’s referendum did not reach the required 50 percent. The court on Thursday postponed the decision on President Traian Basescu’s impeachment until Sept. 12, sending the national currency, the leu to an all-time low.
The left-leaning government says the electorate is much smaller based on preliminary data from a census that shows the population has shrunk.About 88 percent of those at the polls voted to remove the unpopular Basescu, who is widely disliked for austerity measures and alleged meddling in the judicial system.
The European Union has criticized Prime Minister Victor Ponta for allegedly trying to bend the rules and ensure that Basescu is removed from office.Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.