Romanian lawmakers pass laws to put down stray dogs

BUCHAREST, Romania, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Romania's government plans to euthanize thousands of stray dogs after a 4-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of strays.

Central European presidents back Nabucco West over TAP rival

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, June 17 (UPI) -- The presidents of Hungary, Austria, Romania and Bulgaria have urged Azerbaijan to support the proposed Nabucco West natural gas pipeline over a rival project.

Horse meat could damage Romania's image

BUCHAREST, Romania, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Romanian President Traian Basescu said if horse meat passed off as beef is found to have come from his country it could provoke trade embargoes.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.
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Ponta alliance wins parliamentary election

BUCHAREST, Romania, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's center-left alliance claimed victory during the weekend's parliamentary elections.

London steps into Basescu fray

LONDON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Romanian lawmakers are called to respect a decision by a constitutional court to reinstate the country's president, the British government said.

EU urges respect for Romania ruling

BRUSSELS, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The European Union this week urged feuding Romanian political factions to comply with a court decision to reinstate embattled President Traian Basescu to office.

Basescu reinstated as Romania's president

BUCHAREST, Romania, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The Constitutional Court in Romania reinstated ousted President Traian Basescu, ruling against an opposition referendum to oust him.

Romania on fence of gas pipelines

BUCHAREST, Romania, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Romania views the Nabucco gas pipeline a priority but hasn't taken a formal stance against the alternate South Stream project, the country's president said.

Romanian head survives impeachment vote

BUCHAREST, Romania, July 30 (UPI) -- Low voter turnout invalidated the vote on whether Romanian President Traian Basescu should be impeached.

Romania votes on presidential impeachment

BUCHAREST, Romania, July 29 (UPI) -- Romanians were voting Sunday on whether President Traian Basescu should be impeached for undermining the constitution.
Romanian court allows referendum on Basescu impeachment

Romanian court allows referendum on Basescu impeachment

BUCHAREST, Romania, July 10 (UPI) -- Romania is preparing for a national referendum on whether to remove President Traian Basescu from office, officials said.
Romanian President Basescu impeached

Romanian President Basescu impeached

BUCHAREST, Romania, July 6 (UPI) -- The Romanian Parliament voted Friday to impeach President Traian Basescu and are expected to hold a referendum on his departure by the end of the month.
Ruling coalition seeks to suspend Basescu

Ruling coalition seeks to suspend Basescu

BUCHAREST, Romania, July 5 (UPI) -- The ruling coalition of Romania's government has accused President Traian Basescu of violating the country's constitution.

Romania's prime minister resigns

BUCHAREST, Romania, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc resigned Monday after weeks of public protests against spending cuts and other austerity measures.
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Traian Basescu
President George W. Bush (R) meets with the President of Romania Traian Basescu, at The White House in Washington on July 27, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Traian Băsescu (Romanian pronunciation: ); born 4 November 1951) is a Romanian politician and former Merchant Navy captain. After serving as Mayor of Bucharest from June 2000 until December 2004, he became President of Romania, after winning the office in the 2004 presidential election, and being inaugurated on December 20, 2004. Following presidential elections in 2009, Traian Basescu has been elected by popular vote for a second term of 5 years office as President of Romania.

On April 19, 2007 the Romanian Parliament voted to suspend Băsescu, and initiated an impeachment referendum, accusing him of violating the Constitution. Although the Constitutional Court found no evidence of that, it acknowledged the Parliament's vote on April 20, 2007, Băsescu remained suspended until the referendum took place on May 19, 2007. The results failed to confirm the impeachment: 24.75% voted to impeach Băsescu, and 74.48% to maintain him as president. Băsescu is the first president in the history of Romania who has been officially suspended.

He stood for reelection in 2009 and was declared as winner with a tight 50.33 percent of votes, versus 49.66 for Social Democrat challenger Mircea Geoană, according to final results released by the Central Electoral Bureau after counts in all polling stations . The opposition contested the result and vowed to challenge it in court, accusing Băsescu of electoral fraud. The Constitutional Court dismissed the challenges and validated his election after a recount of invalidated votes.

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