Ro­ma­nia’s premier re­signs party post

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

Bucharest, Ro­ma­nia — Ro­ma­nia’s prime min­is­ter has re­signed as chair­man of the rul­ing So­cial Demo­cratic Party amid a cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion, say­ing he wanted to prove his in­no­cence. Pros­e­cu­tors say Vic­tor Ponta is sus­pected of a con­flict of in­ter­est, money laun­der­ing and tax eva­sion on June 5. He de­nies wrong­do­ing. Pres­i­dent Klaus Io­han­nis called on Ponta to re­sign as premier, and he re­fused. The al­le­ga­tions stem from work that Ponta did as a lawyer in 2007 to 2008 when he was a law­maker. Ponta wrote on his Face­book page on Sun­day that he was quit­ting the party lead­er­ship to prove his in­no­cence. He is due to ap­pear be­fore anti-cor­rup­tion pros­e­cu­tors to­day. The 42-year-old prime min­is­ter was ab­sent for three weeks af­ter he had a knee op­er­a­tion in Tur­key and re­sumed his post Thurs­day.

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