Romanian protests injure at least 59

BUCHAREST, Romania, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Anti-government protests in the Romanian capital of Bucharest resulted in at least 59 injuries and 40 arrests, police said.

Gold mine backers hail Romania president

ROSIA MONTANA, Romania, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Supporters of an effort to build a one of the world's biggest gold mines in Romania say they're encouraged by the public backing of President Traian Basescu.

Hungary to join AGRI energy project

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Hungary has agreed to participate in the AGRI energy project to transport Caspian liquefied natural gas to Europe.

EU commission criticizes Romania

BRUSSELS, July 21 (UPI) -- The Romanian president says the European Commission has gone too far in saying his country is not meeting its European Union obligations.
Romanian president visits Afghanistan

Romanian president visits Afghanistan

BUCHAREST, Romania, March 4 (UPI) -- Romanian President Traian Basescu and two defense officials made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Thursday to visit Romanian NATO troops.

Astana seeks oil transit options

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, March 3 (UPI) -- Kazakhstan needs new oil transit routes to handle the expected increase in production from the giant offshore Kashagan field, the Kazak president said.
Romania to host new missile shield plan

Romania to host new missile shield plan

BRUSSELS, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Romania says it has agreed to take part in the new version of the U.S. anti-missile defense shield proposed by the Obama administration.
Romania to host U.S. missiles

Romania to host U.S. missiles

BUCHAREST, Romania, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- In an unexpected announcement, the president of Romana said Thursday his country would host missile interceptors as part of a new U.S. defense shield.

Court denies Romania election challenge

BUCHAREST, Romania, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A Romanian court Monday rejected a bid by opposition Social Democrats to void the re-election victory of President Traian Basescu, state media said.
Basescu wins reelection in Romania

Basescu wins reelection in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Romanian President Traian Basescu has narrowly won reelection with 50.33 percent of the vote, election officials said Monday.

Romanian election too close to call

BUCHAREST, Romania, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Both candidates in Romania's presidential election runoff claimed victory Sunday night but an official tally won't be released before Monday, officials say.

Romanian election runoff Dec. 6

BUCHAREST, Romania, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Presidential hopefuls in Romania are gearing up for a runoff election after no candidate garnered the required 50 percent to win outright in Sunday's polling.

Romania holds presidential election

BUCHAREST, Romania, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Romanian voters went to the polls Sunday to choose the nation's first president since joining the European Union.
Biden pledged U.S. commitment to Romania

Biden pledged U.S. commitment to Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, after meeting with Romania's opposition leaders, reiterated the United States is committed to a strategic partnership.

Romania seeks regional energy role

BUCHAREST, Romania, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Romanian President Traian Basescu has held discussions with the U.S. representative for energy in Eurasia, Ambassador Richard L. Morningstar.
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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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