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Romanian President accuses Premier of having attempted to corrupt him

In a press conference held on Wednesday, President Basescu produced a hand-written note in which Prime Minister Tariceanu had asked him two yers ago to contact the prosecutors about the Petromidia case. Basescu said the note amounted to an offer for a "partnership with our oligarchs". Presedinte Basescu said he kept mum about the note because otherwise "the government would have lost its credibility, thus jeopardizing the accession to the European Union".

Prime Minister Tariceanu denied that the note was a demand to influence Justice. "I wanted to draw the president's attention to important illegal actions taken by state representatives", said Tariceanu, adding that he was attacked on account of having refused “to become a puppet in the political and economical games of president Basescu".