Romania President Impeached
Romanian lawmakers impeached President Traian Basescu in an overwhelming vote Friday. The vote of 256-114 in parliament came as Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta have engaged in a bitter power struggle in the eastern European country of 19 million. This is paving the way for a national referendum that could see the divisive and increasingly unpopular leader ousted from the powerful position he's held for eight years. The machinations have led the United States and the European Union to issue statements of concern about Romania's democracy.