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President Traian Basescu has turned down the Justice Minister's two candidates to head the country's main anti-corruption institutions.
President Traian Basescu has rejected the Justice Minister's nominations for the posts of Chief Prosecutor and head of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, the DNA.
"The selection procedure wasn’t sufficiently open to encourage more qualified prosecutors to be interested in the posts,” he said.
Basescu told the Justice Minister to change the selection criteria to try to find the best professionals to head the country's top anti-corruption bodies.
The Justice Minister, Mona Pivniceru, sent her nominations to Basescu for approval last month. According to the constitution, the President has the final say.
Tiberiu Nitu, 41, a former first deputy prosecutor general until late last year, was nominated as Chief Prosecutor. Ioan Irimie, 58, was to be the new head of the DNA.
The Superior Council of Magistrates, CSM, had already rejected the two nominations but its ruling was only advisory.
The CSM is tasked with defending the professional reputation of magistrates and with protecting their independence and impartiality.
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