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Traian Basescu: Romanian impeachment vote ruled invalid

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Published: 21st Aug 2012 11:41:58

Romania's top court has ruled that a referendum on the impeachment of President Traian Basescu was invalid, because turnout failed to reach 50%.

The decision thwarts efforts by Prime Minister Victor Ponta to oust Mr Basescu, a bitter rival.

It means Mr Basescu, who was suspended from his post pending the referendum, can now return to the presidency.

In the July 29 referendum, more than 87% voted for impeachment - but only 46% of registered voters took part.

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