US concerned over political shake up in Romania

Anti-government protestors in Bucharest, July 5, 2012

From the Department of State:  We are concerned about recent developments occurring in Romania, our NATO Ally and partner, which threaten democratic checks and balances and weaken independent institutions, such as the courts. As the government contemplates the serious step of removing Romania’s head of state, we urge that the process be conducted in a fully fair and transparent manner, with scrupulous respect for the rule of law and democratic ideals. The United States stands with our EU partners and urges that Romania uphold and protect the common values and principles that unite the European and trans-Atlantic community of nations.

Statement by State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland.  (photo: Reuters)

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