A recent opinion poll by the IRES institute shows that Romanians generally support president Basescu’s attempts to install a new prime minister. Even though 60 per cent of respondents doubted a change of prime minister would increase public confidence in the government, 65 per cent declared they thought a new prime minister was generally good idea. However, only about 50 per cent approved of the idea of an independent candidate.
Also this week, president Basescu lashed out at the ministry of interior criticising widespread corruption in the apparatus. He was quoted saying that if you ‘stick out your finger, you hit elements of corruption’. Basescu also called for a ‘man-by-man’ investigation of the whole ministry in the course of which corrupted officials should be removed and only the ‘clean’ ones kept. The president’s attacks can be seen as a response to media claims that Basescu had links to the Bercea Mondialu, a well-known figure of the criminal underground who was arrested for attempted murder last week.