Traian Basescu, Romania's suspended President, learnt the news of his referendum victory while in the building of the PD (Democrat Party), from where he heard the estimation on the outcome of Saturday's referendum. Right after the exit polls were released, Traian Basescu together with leaders of the PD and the PLD (Liberal Democrat Party) went down the stairs triumphantly, he delivered a speech and heartily welcomed about 100 supporters who wanted to be close to him.
They were crying out his name when he showed up. "Come one, I know what my name is!" he calmed them down with a joke. He mentioned: "75% of the voters voted for me and only 25% supported the 322 MPs, in other words Mr. Voiculescu, Ion Iliescu, Mr. Geoana, Mr. Hrebenciuc, Mr. Vadim Tudor and, why not, Mr. Verestoy Attila." The crowd started crying against Iliescu and more.
Basescu promised that he would soon invite politicians to talks on the reformation of the political class. He claimed last Saturday's vote proved Romanians' wish that reforms should continue, the independence of Justice should consolidate, the uninominal vote should be established and the Constitution should modify in order to eliminate "the ambiguity prevailing in the relations between powers", just as the lustration law should pass. He added the vote also meant security laws to counter the real threats, but not just "demagogically announced principles to leave Romanians without reliable protection". The suspended President emphasized: "Never ever will I negotiate on Romanians' interests with a politician." He claimed he gained one million more polls than in 2004. He thanked the PD, the PLD and the parties of Gigi Becali and Ioan Talpes for support.
Meeting due in the University square every three months
Traian Basescu promised the Romanians in the University Square last Saturday that he would meet them there every three months so that "the President would report to Romanian." He called the place to be kilometer 0 of democracy, the place where Romanians gather spontaneously when having something to express. (V.D.)
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