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Cabinet ponders advancing legislative ballot by one month

The Social Liberal Union cabinet intends to advance the date of the legislative elections, initially due in November, by one month, local press informs today (Mon).

Prime Minister (PM) Victor Ponta says that organization of the ballot in October is not favouring any political party in particular.

"I think everybody prefers October and there are two rational reasons. Firstly, we donít want to get out campaigning around St Nicholas, striving with the snow and cold. I think the runners and the voters are not keen on attending rallies in streets packed with snow. Secondly, there is the problem of the budget. Whoever wins the elections, and I hope USL will,† will have to present the budget to Parliament before Christmas", Ponta told a press point on Saturday while visiting BookFest, book fair in Bucharest.

The co-president of USL, liberal leader Crin Antonescu said last week that he fully endorses the cabinetís idea of advancing the date of the ballot. The leader of the Hungarians in parliament, Hunor Kelemen also said that, in principle, he supports the early elections, but the Parliament will have to find the Constitutional solution. On the other hand, the former ruling party of president Traian Basescu (Democrat Liberal Party) slammed the PM for the idea, saying it will breach the provisions of the Constitution and favour the current Majority, of USL.

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