Earlier this afternoon at the European Parliament in Strasbourg MEPs took part in a rather lively debate on the political situation in Romania. South West Liberal Democrat Sir Graham Watson MEP took the floor during this debate on behalf of the Liberal group and remarked that “no party, the European Union included, emerges with much credit
” and the best solution would be for new presidential and parliamentary elections.
“Romania provides a case study of the trials of transition from communism. A President alleged to have been a member of the Securitate: a political class so fearful of the files that they failed to publish the past; a culture which, twenty years on, has still not shaken off all the corruption of communism. From this recent episode no party, the European Union included, emerges with much credit,
” he said.
Referring to the recent election in Romania where despite 87.5% of voters backing his impeachment President Traian Basescu survived a referendum
because turnout fell below the 50% needed to validate the vote, he said “in no other EU country is a vote invalid if fewer than half the people participate. In any other country, if over 85% vote for a President to go, that person is toast!
Looking ahead, Sir Graham said “the best thing for Romania now would be new elections, both for parliament and for the President, following the advice of the Venice Commission and a Convention between all parties to set some ground rules about how to behave in a democracy
”.Click to read the full transcript of his speech
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