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Romania's top court validates referendum on justice

Romania's top court validates referendum on justice Justice

BUCHAREST (Romania), June 27 (SeeNews) - Romania's Constitutional Court on Thursday said the referendum on judicial reforms held on May 26 met all constitutional conditions to be valid.

The Constitutional Court judges also rejected five appeals filed against the validity of the referendum, a decision posted on the court's website showed. 

A draft bill for the revision of the Constitution in order to reflect the results of the referendum will be submitted in Parliament in the following period. After that, a new referendum must be called for a revision of the Constitution.

Close to 81% of Romanians who voted in the referendum rejected the attempts of ruling Social Democrats to weaken the fight against graft. The majority of Romanians answered with "Yes" to the two questions in the referendum: "Do you agree with banning amnesty and pardon for corruption offenses?" and "Do you agree with banning the adoption of emergency decrees on criminal offences, punishment and judicial organisation and with the extension of the right to challenge decrees directly before the Constitutional Court?".

The referendum, held alongside elections for European parliament, was called by president Klaus Iohannis who has often been at odds with the Social Democrat Party (PSD) over its controversial changes to justice laws and the way they are introduced that have drawn fire both in Romania and the EU.