Romania's Constitutional Court Friday confirmed the parliament's earlier vote to suspend President Traian Basescu.
On Thursday, lawmakers approved an impeachment proposal against Basescu by a vote of 322 to 108 with 10 abstentions, paving the way for the legislature to organize a referendum to permanently remove him from office.
Since the president had vowed to resign if lawmakers voted to suspend him, the government must organize, according to the constitution, elections within three months to elect a new president.
But a recent poll has showed that although Basescu's popularity has diminished, he still leads all of the candidates running for presidency.
Basescu has been at odds with both the left-wing opposition and with Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu.
Opposition lawmakers accused President Basescu of violating 19 constitutional items, including usurping the Cabinet, criticizing judges and ordering the tapping of ministers' telephone calls, but the Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that there was no evidence to back such charges, leading to the parliament's impeachment vote.
The constitution says that if the president is impeached, a referendum has to be held within 30 days so that Romania's population can express its will on whether to keep the head of state in office.