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14 Dec 2010

Romanian Senate President Mircea Geoana Monday labeled as unstatutory his suspension from the Social Democratic Paprty for six months, which was ruled by the party's National Standing Bureau.

"Such a decision has no statutory reason," said Geoana, adding that the punishment could have been possibly discussed only by the party's local organization of Dolj County, which he belongs to.

Geoana stressed that he remains a member of the party, irrespectively of the political battle that has been fought. Geoana was suspended for six months from the Social Democratic Party, the party's National Standing Bureau announced Monday.

"This is what we have voted on," said party leader Victor Ponta, adding that the punishment was imposed in line with the party's rules.

However, Ponta stressed that Geoana would still have the party' s support for his position in the Senate. "Nobody wants to make the Senate stop supporting him, it is very clear," Ponta said.

The Senate president infuriated his party after making a series of statements adverse to the party's leadership. Last week, several party leaders sent Geoana an open letter asking him to stop attacking the party.

In December 2009, Geoana, then leader of the Social Democratic Party, narrowly lost a presidential run-off to Traian Basescu after a tough debate crumpled his image. At that time, he failed to explain the purpose of a midnight visit to a local businessman on the eve of his electoral confrontation with Basescu.

Recently, in a video blog, Geoana said he did not reveal the purpose of his visit because he was advised to lie by Ponta, who was his campaign manager at the time.



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