Earlier this morning, the Constitutional Court (CCR) met for the purpose of reviewing yesterday’s parliamentary “request” to suspend the President from office. According to the law, the Parliament can only suspend the President for “grave violations” of the Constitution. And so according to the little farce that’s playing out today, the Parliament spent the morning waiting for the CCR to issue their legal opinion as to whether the President had, indeed, violated the Constitution.
Sadly, according to modifications of the law that the USL have rammed through the Parliament since their May 2012 takeover, the CCR’s opinion is only to be taken under advisement and has no legal weight. Well after a marathon 5 and a half session, the CCR released half of a ruling (PDF) on the issues at hand. I say “half” because they do discuss the individual points of the parliament’s positions but failed to issue a summary ruling on their judicial opinion about the charges as a whole (i.e. whether the President had indeed or had not infringed the Constitution).
As I said though, the CCR’s opinion is only to be taken “under advisement” and is not binding. The President of the Senate Crin Antonescu (who will take over if President Basescu is suspended) had previously stated that whether or not the CCR issued their opinion today, the Parliament was going to ahead and vote on whether to suspend the President.
The worst part is that this vote by the Parliament on whether or not to suspend the President is going to be done in total secrecy. This actually isn’t due to a new change in the rules by the USL but sadly is a well-established procedure in Romania. The people deserve to know how their “representatives” are voting but on this, the most important issue, whether or not to remove a duly elected President from office, nobody will ever know who voted for it or who voted against it.
As I wrote yesterday, all the rules have been skewed to provide a favorable outcome for the USL so I imagine that by tomorrow morning at the latest, Crin Antonescu will be the new President of Romania.
Meanwhile the president of the European Commission has issued a formal notice of concern and newspapers and NGOs all over the world are increasingly becoming worried about what’s happening in my beloved country.
The only person who isn’t worried of course is Victor Ponta because he knows that Romanians will never do anything to stop his never-ending quest for supreme power.