President of Romania

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President of Romania
Președintele României
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Klaus Iohannis

since 21 December 2014
Residence Cotroceni Palace
Appointer Popular vote
Term length Five years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Nicolae Ceaușescu
Formation Constitution of Romania
Salary €1,800 per month[1]
Website Președintele României
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The President of Romania is the head of state of Romania. The President is directly elected by a two-round system for a five-year term (since 2004, after the Constitution was modified in 2003). An individual may serve two terms. During his/her term in office, the President may not be a member of any political party.

The President of Romania names the Prime Minister after consulting the political parties in the Parliament; if his proposal is turned down by the Parliament twice in 60 days, the President can dissolve the Parliament and call for early elections, unless he is in the final 6 months of his term. The President only names the Prime Minister and cannot dismiss him from office, but can refuse naming of members of the cabinet once.

The office of President was created in 1974, when Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu elevated the presidency of the State Council to a full-fledged executive presidency. It gradually took its current form in stages after the Romanian Revolution, culminating with the adoption of Romania's current constitution in 1991.

The current President of Romania is Klaus Iohannis, since 21 December 2014.

Oath of office[edit]

After the Constitutional Court acknowledges the legality of the election, the Houses of Parliament meet in a joint session. The elected President takes the following oath of office, specified by article 82 of the Constitution:

Romanian: Jur să-mi dăruiesc toată puterea și priceperea pentru propășirea spirituală și materială a poporului român, să respect Constituția și legile țării, să apăr democrația, drepturile și libertățile fundamentale ale cetățenilor, suveranitatea, independența, unitatea și integritatea teritorială a României. Așa să-mi ajute Dumnezeu!

English: I solemnly swear that I will dedicate all my strength and the best of my ability for the spiritual and material welfare of the Romanian people, to abide by the Constitution and laws of the country, to defend democracy, the fundamental rights and freedoms of my fellow-citizens, Romania's sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity. So help me God! [2]


An incumbent President who severely violates the Constitution may be suspended by the Parliament in joint session. If the suspension motion passes, there is a call for a referendum of impeachment within no more than 30 days from the suspension.

If the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, in joint session, accuse the President of high treason, the President is suspended from powers and duties by right. The accusations are judged by the High Court of Cassation and Justice. The incumbent President is dismissed by right if found guilty of high treason.


The suspension and impeachment procedure has been implemented thrice. The first time regarded President Ion Iliescu, following a statement regarding the returning of the illegally confiscated properties during the years of the Socialist Republic of Romania to the original owners or their heirs. This first attempt in 1995 did not pass the vote in Parliament.

The second attempt was successful, with the person suspended being Traian Băsescu, in office as of April 2007. He became the first president to successfully be suspended and also the first to face an impeachment vote before the people, regarding issues with supposed unconstitutional acts. The impeachment plebiscite was held on 19 May 2007, and Băsescu survived the impeachment attempt. The result was the rejection of the proposal by 24.94% in favor to 75.06% opposed.

The third attempt lead to a second successful suspension in July 2012, again against Traian Băsescu. The referendum was held on 29 July 2012, and the results were 88.7% in favor and 11.3% opposed, with voter turnout calculated to be 46.24%; below the 50% + one vote threshold required at the time the referendum was held. The Constitutional Court did not give a verdict on the validation of the referendum at the time, citing irregularities in the permanent electoral lists. On 21 August, the Court deemed the referendum invalid, and again Băsescu prevailed from being ousted.[3]


Should the office of the President become vacant due to resignation, impeachment, permanent inability to perform the duties of office, or death,[4] the President of the Senate or the President of the Chamber of Deputies, in that order, step in as Ad Interim President of Romania[5] (Romanian: Președinte Interimar al României). Neither relinquish their position as President of their respective Legislative House for the duration of the Ad Interim term. An Ad Interim President cannot address the Parliament, dissolve the Parliament, nor call for a referendum (the impeachment referendum after a motion of suspension is called by Parliament). The vacancy of the office cannot be longer than three months.[6] While the President is suspended, the office is not considered vacant.

List of Presidents[edit]

Ad Interim Presidents (in the capacity as Presidents of the Senate) are written in Italics:

# Name Portrait Term start Term end Duration
1 Nicolae Ceaușescu Nicolae Ceausescu.jpg 28 March 1974 22 December 1989 15 years, 8 months and 24 days
2 Ion Iliescu Ion Iliescu (2).JPG 6 February 1990 29 November 1996 6 years, 9 months and 23 days
3 Emil Constantinescu Constantinescu emil.jpg 29 November 1996 20 December 2000 4 years and 21 days
2 Ion Iliescu Ion Iliescu (2).JPG 20 December 2000 20 December 2004 4 years
4 Traian Băsescu EPP Congress 4732.jpg 20 December 2004 20 April 2007 2 years and 4 months
(1) Nicolae Văcăroiu Nicolae Văcăroiu.jpg 20 April 2007 23 May 2007 1 month and 3 days
4 Traian Băsescu EPP Congress 4732.jpg 23 May 2007 21 December 2009 2 years, 6 months and 28 days
4 Traian Băsescu EPP Congress 4732.jpg 21 December 2009 10 July 2012 2 years, 202 days
(2) Crin Antonescu Crin Antonescu.jpg 10 July 2012 27 August 2012 1 month and 17 days
4 Traian Băsescu EPP Congress 4732.jpg 27 August 2012 21 December 2014 2 years, 3 months and 24 days
5 Klaus Iohannis Klaus Iohannis din interviul cu Dan Tapalagă.tif 21 December 2014 present 7 months and 10 days

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 2 November and 16 November 2014 Romanian presidential election results
Candidates First round Runoff
Candidate Sustaining alliance or party Votes % Votes %
Klaus Iohannis Christian Liberal Alliance (PNLPDL) 2,881,406 30.37% 6,288,769 54.43%
Victor Ponta PSDUNPRPC Alliance[a] 3,836,093 40.44% 5,264,383 45.56%
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu Independent[b] 508,572 5.36%
Elena Udrea PMPPNȚCD Alliance 493,376 5.20%
Monica Macovei Independent 421,648 4.44%
Dan Diaconescu People's Party – Dan Diaconescu 382,526 4.03%
Corneliu Vadim Tudor Greater Romania Party 349,416 3.68%
Hunor Kelemen Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania 329,727 3.47%
Teodor Meleșcanu Independent 104,131 1.09%
Zsolt Szilágyi Hungarian People's Party of Transylvania 53,146 0.56%
Gheorghe Funar Independent 45,405 0.47%
William Brînză Romanian Ecologist Party 43,194 0.45%
Constantin Rotaru Socialist Alliance Party 28,805 0.30%
Mirel Mircea Amariței PRODEMO Party 7,895 0.08%
Total valid votes 9,485,340 100.00% 11,553,152 100.00%
Invalid/blank votes 237,761 2.44% 166,111 1.41%
Turnout 9,723,232 53.17% 11,719,344 64.10%
Registered voters 18,284,066[c] 18,280,994[c]
  1. ^ Alternatively it is known as Social Democratic Union (USD). Legally this alliance cannot use this name, as it belonged to an alliance between Democratic Party and Romanian Social Democratic Party.
  2. ^ The legal requirements for the registration of the Liberal Reformist Party were not fulfilled in due time for this election. As a result, Tăriceanu ran as an independent.
  3. ^ According to the Central Electoral Bureau.[7][8]
Source: Biroul Electoral Central; Biroul Electoral Central; Biroul Electoral Central

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Băsescu are cel mai mic salariu dintre șefii de stat ai UE. Vezi cât câștigă și restul președinților" (in Romanian). June 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Constitution of 1991, as revised in 2003 "Article 82: Validation of mandate and oath-taking", retrieved on 7 July 2012
  3. ^ "Curtea Constitutionala a invalidat referendumul cu scorul 6-3. Traian Basescu revine la Cotroceni". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  4. ^ Constitution of 1991, as revised in 2003 "Article 97: Vacancy of office", retrieved on 11 April 2010
  5. ^ Constitution of 1991, as revised in 2003 "Article 98: Interim of office", retrieved on 11 April 2010
  6. ^ Constitution of 1991, as revised in 2003 "Article 97: Vacancy of office; paragraph (2)", retrieved on 22 August 2012
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