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Romanian court ups stakes in presidency referendum
Romania court: Majority of voters must show up if ballot on ousting president is to be valid
By The Associated Press

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Romania's Constitutional Court says a majority of the electorate must turn out to vote in order for a referendum on ousting the president to be valid.

The decision makes it harder for President Traian Basescu's opponents to push him out.

Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta are engaged in a bitter power struggle that has raised international concerns about the fate of democracy in Romania.



According to the most recent census, there are 18 million potential voters in Romania. But the census data are believed to be outdated.

Lawmakers supporting Ponta impeached Basescu last week, setting up the referendum for July 29.

Ponta's government says it will comply with Tuesday's court ruling. The court earlier ruled that the impeachment was legal.


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