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Romania's Basescu survives impeachment vote

  • Romanian President Traian Basescu seems to have survived a referendum on his impeachment.

    The country's election bureau estimated turnout at 45.9 percent, below the 50 percent required to make the result valid.

    Basescu has been suspended by parliament and had appealed to his supporters to boycott the vote.

    The center-left government has accused the center-right president of interfering in government affairs.

    The tension between Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta has sparked concern among Romania's EU partners as the country is in the midst of finalizing agreements over an IMF-backed aid package.

    Basescu's popularity has steadily declined since he backed austerity measures demanded by international lenders.

    According to the latest polls, some 65 percent of the electorate wants to remove him.