PES President Stanishev to Defend Romanian PM Ponta

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Bulgaria: PES President Stanishev to Defend Romanian PM Ponta Romanian PM Victor Ponta. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Party of Europan Socialists leader Sergey Stanishev and Romanian socialist PM Victor Ponta will give a joint press conference in Brussels Thursday on the political situation in Romania.

Bulgaria's neighbor is going through constitutional trouble as the socialist-liberal majority in Parliament supporting Ponta's cabinet has launched an impeachment procedure against President Traian Basescu for allegedly overstepping his powers.

Tuesday Basescu temporarily stepped down, transfering powers to Senate President Crin Antonescu, until an impeachment referendum is held on July 29.

The European Commission has stated it is "concerned" with developments in Romania and EC President Jose Manuel Barroso has invited Ponta to Brussels Thursday to discuss the matter.

German Chachellor Angela Merkel has also somewhat sharply stated that what happens in Romania might be in breach with the rule of law.

"PES President Stanishev will publicly state his support for Ponta following political attacks coming from the European right," the Bulgarian Socialist Party has said in a statement.

"Stanishev will also make clear how measures taken by the Romanian cabinet aim at repairing disbalances caused by the previous conservative goverments," explain the Socialists.

Before the press conference with Ponta, Stanishev will also meet Barroso to discuss developments in the status of political parties at the European level.

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