The current governing coalition in Romania, the Social Liberal Union, starts a fast-paced parliamentary offensive against President Traian Basescu by dismissing the leaders of both chambers of Parliament.
Also that day, the Constitutional Court rejected two pleas made by President Iohannis and the Supreme Council of the Magistracy (CSM) that claimed an institutional conflict between the Parliament, respectively the CSM on one hand, and the Government on the other, in a move that surprised the critics of the PSD-led cabinet and the protesters. The next day it rejected the final plea made by the Ombudsman on reasons of inadmissibility.
Romania's centre-left Social Democratic Party won 45% of the seats in both houses of parliament in Sunday's election, and with the expected participation of the liberal centre-right Alliance of Liberals and Democrats Party in the coalition government, will hold an outright majority of 250 seats in the 465-seat assembly.
More than 18 million Romanians are expected to go to the polls to choose their president in one of the most important elections since the 1989 revolution. "[http:--english.hotnews.ro-stiri-top_news-18434801-romania-heads-first-round-presidential-elections-key-moment-for-democracy-and-state-law.htm (HotNews.ro)]" "[http:--www.euractiv.com-sections-elections-romanians-elect-new-president-atmosphere-scandal-309682 (EurActiv)]"
For the second time in history and with the same person, the Parliament of Romania votes to suspend President Traian Băsescu from office. On 29 July 2012 he will face a national referendum for his dismissal.
The Constitutional Court of Romania rules that government budget plans are "unconstitutional"; this decision cannot be appealed. Dozens of people trying to request an audience with President Traian Băsescu at his palace are beaten back by riot police.