Parliament has said that Basescu violated the Romanian constitution [text] by overriding the Cabinet and criticizing the judiciary, but Basescu has asserted that his suspension was a response to his attempts to reduce political corruption and the influence of prosecutors and judges. In a February speech [PDF text, in Romanian], Basescu called for a national referendum [JURIST report] to allow citizens to vote on constitutional amendments aimed at reducing corruption. Romania's January 1 entrance into the European Union [JURIST report] carried a requirement for Romania [JURIST news archive] to address corruption and human rights violations. AP has more.
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