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With the disputed (and extremely close) results of the second round of the Romanian presidential election in, what chance could there be for a restoration of Romanian monarchy? The opposition won't accept the results, and allege that minor instances of voter fraud handed the victory to Basescu. More importantly, the country is in a severe economic crisis, and hasn't had a government since October, and has had needed loans frozen until that is resolved. I think it would help to restore the monarchy, as a neutral referee and, as will probably be necessary, a decider between the rival (and apparently irreconcilable) political factions.
An article about the opposition candidate for Prime Minister, which contains some pro-monarchy statements, and gives the impression nobody disputes them: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/06/world/europe/06romania.html?_r=2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_presidential_election,_2009 __________________ "Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
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You could also say that the outcome of an election is slightly less important because the head of state isn't determined, but just the head of government. If that is the case, maybe there will be less voter fraud and less violent contention with the results. Resolved: monarchy makes democracy more honest and stable than republics.
__________________ "For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free." - Anatole France
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The article was interesting, thanks KYM, and refreshingly positive about the monarchy (and Germans, though I would point out that the extolled Carol I was half-French by blood). King Michael is I believe generally respected in Romania, and is granted recognition and even an official residence as a former Head of State. One might indeed feel optimism about a possible restoration of the Romanian monarchy, which, Carol II aside, was an institution which deserved popularity and respect. Were it not that the King is elderly and has no satisfactory heir, his appointment of Princess Margarita being clearly extra-legal and unconstitutional. And then she is heirless herself, and the "succession" after that goes to a British family of commoners.
Though I note that Nicholas Medforth-Mills, currently third in the line appointed by King Michael and eventual heir, is involving himself in Romanian affairs, so perhaps the King's invention of a brand-new succession will take. Not on this occasion, though, I fear.