ROMANIA, Bucharest (AP):
Romanian prosecutors have charged the deputy prime minister and 74 local officials with falsifying voter data in a referendum that failed to unseat President Traian Basescu.
Anti-corruption prosecutors sent the case yesterday to the High Court. It accused Liviu Dragnea of using his influence as chairman of a county council to increase the recorded number of votes, making the July 2012 referendum valid in his county.
A majority of those who took part in the national referendum voted to impeach Basescu on the grounds that he had overstepped his authority, but the vote was declared invalid because less than half the electorate voted.
The opposition Democratic Liberal Party yesterday called for Dragnea to resign. Prime Minister Victor Ponta, a Basescu rival, said the case was politically motivated.