President Traian Basescu to address Parliament on political issues, opposition MPs to not attend

President Traian Basescu will address a joint sitting of Parliament on Wednesday, to deliver a message on domestic policy issues, while the opposition lawmakers, who are on a parliamentary strike, will not attend.

Basescu, at the end of February, sent a letter to the two house speakers, Vasile Blaga and Roberta Anastase respectively, asking them to approve his addressing the legislature.

‘In line with the provisions of Article no. 88 of the Romanian constitution, I want to address Parliament a message on domestic policy issues. I propose to deliver the message on March 7, at a time you will set depending on the two houses’ schedule’, the president’s letter says.

The opposition senators and deputies, currently on a parliamentary strike, have already announced they will not attend.

Social Democrat (PSD, in opposition) chairman Victor Ponta said the PSD lawmakers will continue the parliamentary strike, but they will attend the legislature’s sitting dedicated to a vote on Romania’s ratification of the Treaty for stability, coordination and governance in the Economic and Monetary Union.

The Romanian head of state delivered a message to Parliament on June 27, 2011, on the draft constitution revision, also in the opposition’s absence.

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