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Yesterday Traian Basescu took the most loathsome political attitude ever since the coal miners' attacks in September 1991, when Iliescu had betrayed Roman. The President decided that PM Tariceanu and the PNL (the National Liberal Party)-PD (the Democrat Party) Alliance were to handle early elections on their own. He pleaded for negotiating political solution to crisis by constitutionally amending the Justice reform in today's Parliament debate. Basescu made this decision after consulting with Vacaroiu, Nastase, Tariceanu, Constitutional Court representatives and parliamentary groups' leaders. PSD (the Social-Democrat Party) agreed to the presidential solution. When learning about it, Tariceanu said the Liberals were not so keen on early elections. Just a few hours before it the government had stated resignation to be irrevocable and had accordingly adopted laws. But it was Traian Basescu himself who started the early election mechanism. On Wednesday night Basescu forced Tariceanu into announcing resignation, as well as he forced the Democrats into voting for early elections on Saturday. The President's attitude spoils PNL-PD Alliance's credibility, as the latter group has been taking all efforts for early elections. Basescu stated yesterday he was still the adept of early elections, even if the perfect time for such thing had passed. The President ended his gloomy statement as follows: "No matter Tariceanu's decision, it has got my emotional support."
Resignation is Tariceanu's business
The President said that even if the Parliament voted for the set of laws today, the Constitutional Court would decide on it. Moreover, Basescu announced he would not promulgate the law until it had consent from the Constitutional Court. The President's shocking statement left the PM speechless. Last week the latter had announced he would resign and claimed that this decision was "irrevocable". As for the PM's intention to resign in case the law got "mutilated", Basescu cynically commented: "This is a matter of political responsibility".
Basescu forced PM into announcing government's collapse
Basescu made such decision although the resignation of Tariceanu's Cabinet had been agreed on together with the Romanian President himself. The allied together with the President had decided that early elections would follow. When returning from his visit to Greece last week and before meeting with Basescu in Cotroceni and announcing resignation, Tariceanu found it easy to say that the Constitutional Court decision was no real tragedy for Romania. Tariceanu also insisted on the idea that early elections were no solution. But the day after the crucial meeting in Cotroceni, he suddenly changed his mind, with Basescu's obvious help.
But last evening the President made a statement that gave the headache not only to Tariceanu and his Liberals, but also to Basescu's former colleagues in PD (the Democrat Party). Basescu said: "I believe the prime minister's attitude is an honorable one, when one can't succeed: resignation." He almost pushed Tariceanu to resign. But Basescu also denied all the statements of his former allies in the electoral campaign, as he explained that the Constitutional Court decision could not be ignored. But the allies thought the Court decision was in favor of PSD, as its aim was to sack the laws on Justice reforms, which was exactly the reason why Tariceanu resigned. But the President said the Parliament was to find solution "that would not defeat the Constitutional Court decision." Basescu said: "I can guarantee you that I will not promulgate the law if the changes to be operated on the four articles rejected involve the breaking of some Constitution article. The President added that eventual rephrased versions of rejected articles would be sent back to the Constitutional Court so that "to make sure this institution agreed to the new versions."
Duty to arbitrate
As for last evening's meeting, Basescu said it was his duty to arbitrate conflict reached by state institutions. He said: "The Constitutional Court decision disagrees to the will of the government that took responsibility, as well as the will of the Parliament who voted for the government's set of laws. Given these, the Constitutional Court decision has caused state institutions to reach conflict." He then outlined that such decision could not be negotiated. And then he emphasized: "Constitutional Court decisions are compulsory for the Parliament, government and Presidency of Romania".