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Romanian Ruling Coalition Loses Support on Failed Impeachment

Romania’s governing coalition lost public support after a failed attempt to oust suspended President Traian Basescu because of a low turnout at a nationwide referendum on July 29, a survey showed.

The Social Democrats and the Liberals, which now form the Social-Liberal Union and will run together in parliamentary elections later this year, would win 54 percent of the votes if an election were held now, according to an Aug. 22 survey by polling company IRES, Evenimentul Zilei newspaper reported. That compares with 61.4 percent in an IMAS poll published on Aug. 9.

The Liberal Democratic Party, which backs Basescu, would win 23 percent up from 16.3 percent of votes, in the previous poll, the survey of 1,547 people showed. It had a error margin of 2.7 percentage points. The new People’s Party, founded by media owner Dan Diaconescu, would get 10 percent, the same as in the previous poll.

A political feud between Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Basescu, which led to the president’s suspension on July 6, may continue as the Constitutional Court invalidated an ouster referendum, allowing Basescu to return to his office. The power struggle pushed the currency to a record low and boosted the government’s borrowing costs.

Romania will probably hold parliamentary elections on Dec. 2, Mircea Dusa, the minister in charge of relations with parliament, told private television station Realitatea TV. The opposition Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania, an ethnic minority party, would get 5 percent down from 6.2 percent, according to the survey.

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