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November 5, 2015

Romanian Prime Minister resigns over nightclub fire

Romanian Prime Minister resigns over nightclub fire

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Romainia Prime Minister Victor Ponta
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In the aftermath of a deadly nightclub fire in Romania last week, yesterday Prime Minister of Romania Victor Ponta announced his resignation, stating “I’m handing in my mandate, I’m resigning, and implicitly my government too”.

Cquote1.svg I’m handing in my mandate, I’m resigning, and implicitly my government too Cquote2.svg

—Victor Ponta in a statement

The announcement came after around 20,000 protesters marched through Bucharest on Tuesday night, blaming the government for lax regulation and corruption. During his televised resignation speech, Ponta said he hoped “the government’s resignation will satisfy the people who came out in the streets”. However, yesterday night as many as 30,000 protesters demonstrated, demanding further political reform.

The recent protests express deep-seated concern about political corruption in Romania. Ponta is currently on trial for a series of corruption charges, which he denies.

Ponta’s resignation came alongside the resignation of Gabriel Oprea, who was serving as Interior Minister.

Victor Ponta says he will remain Prime Minister until a temporary replacement is chosen by the President of Romania. Forming a new government might take some time, and could result in elections if the President is unable to find a Prime Minister who can form a government.



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Romanian Prime Minister resigns after nightclub fire

Romanian Prime Minister resigns after nightclub fire

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Romainia Prime Minister Victor Ponta
Image: Social Democratic Party of Romania.

In the aftermath of a deadly nightclub fire in Romania last week, yesterday Prime Minister of Romania Victor Ponta announced his resignation, stating “I’m handing in my mandate, I’m resigning, and implicitly my government too”.

Cquote1.svg I’m handing in my mandate, I’m resigning, and implicitly my government too Cquote2.svg

—Victor Ponta in a statement

The announcement came after around 20,000 protesters marched through Bucharest on Tuesday night, blaming the government for lax regulation and corruption. During his televised resignation speech, Ponta said he hoped “the government’s resignation will satisfy the people who came out in the streets”. However, yesterday night as many as 30,000 protesters demonstrated, demanding further political reform.

The recent protests express deep-seated concern about political corruption in Romania. Ponta is currently on trial for a series of corruption charges, which he denies.

Ponta’s resignation came alongside the resignation of Gabriel Oprea, who was serving as Interior Minister.

Victor Ponta says he will remain Prime Minister until a temporary replacement is chosen by the President of Romania. Forming a new government might take some time, and could result in elections if the President is unable to find a Prime Minister who can form a government.



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November 4, 2015

Romainian Prime Minister resigns over nightclub fire

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Romainian Prime Minister resigns over nightclub fire

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Romainia Prime Minister Victor Ponta
Image: Social Democratic Party of Romania.

Fallout from the deadly nightclub fire in Romainia reached new heights this Wednesday, with Prime Minister of Romania Victor Ponta announcing his resignation. The resignation comes shortly after around 20,000 protesters marched through Bucharest, blaming the government for lax regulation and corruption.

Cquote1.svg I’m handing in my mandate, I’m resigning, and implicitly my government too Cquote2.svg

—Victor Ponta in a statement

The protests are not solely about the fire. Many in Romania have previously blamed the government for corruption, with many believing that the government is keeping them from making ends-meet. Ponta is also currently on trial for a series of corruption charges, all of which he currently denies.

Victor Ponta says that he will remain Prime Minister until a new government is formed. Forming a new government might take some time, and could result in elections if the newly-appointed Prime Minister is unable to form a government.



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September 17, 2015

Romanian PM Victor Ponta indicted in fraud case

Romanian PM Victor Ponta indicted in fraud case

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta was today indicted for fraud offences.

Ponta speaks in a file photo from last year.
Image: Social Democratic Party.

The move follows a previous charging, which sees Ponta accused of forgery, tax evasion, money laundering, and having a conflict of interest. He is set to become the nation’s first Prime Minister to face trial while in power.

His party, the left-wing Social Democrats, support him. Ponta denies the accusations which emerged months ago, and has refused to resign. The Social Democrats lost the Presidential election last year and face a general election next year.

Ponta has thrice resisted censures proposed by the opposition. He has resigned the Social Democratic leadership and prosecutors say they have frozen some of his assets. President Klaus Iohannis has asked Ponta to leave office, saying “we must admit that Romania’s image has the most to suffer from this issue.”((ro))

The alleged misconduct predates Ponta’s time in office and therefore avoids presidential immunity. The indictment indicates prosecutors have finished investigations and are ready to try Ponta and four others involved in the case. Ponta was a lawyer and member of parliament in 2008–09, the period covered by the indictment. He was elected Prime Minister in 2012.

President Iohannis, pictured in March, is a political rival and has called on Ponta to resign.
Image: European People’s Party.

The case alleges Ponta forged expenses claims for 39,750 euros while working for political ally Dan Sova‘s law firm. Ponta gave Sova three different ministerial roles, the foundation for the conflict of interest allegations. The case is now sent to the country’s highest court.

Ponta accused anti-corruption prosecutors of “manipulating public opinion” and withholding information. Romania is amongst Europe’s poorest nations and has been grappling with corruption and political instability since independence from the Soviet Union in 1989. In recent years the rich and powerful have come under scrutiny by the nation’s anti-corruption investigators, often claiming the cases against them are political.


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