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Constitutional Monarchy: 4 of 10 in Romania like former King Michael I.

Former King Michael I of Romania , reign from 20 July 1927-8 June 1930

Plummeting temperatures have exacerbated Romania’s chilly political climate as public dissatisfaction with austerity measures mounts. Even the prosecution of a corrupt former premier has failed to improve the mood.

Many voters have become disillusioned with party politics in the face of the financial crisis.

An increasing number of Romanians want President Basescu and his conservative government to step down. His hard line of public austerity – praised by the International Monetary Fund – has seen thousands of demonstrators take to the streets in recent weeks.

Romania’s king, Michael I. The 90-year-old has an estimated approval rating of 37 percent -a clear snub to the nation’s political establishment.

Political commentators have already started asking whether a constitutional monarchy – such as the British and Swedish systems – might serve Romania better than the current parliamentary-presidential hybrid republic.

Although a shake-up of that magnitude is unlikely to find majority support in Romania, voters are hungry for a change that will end the current political stand-off and ease the pain caused by President Basescu’s draconian spending cuts.