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Victor Ponta re-appointed prime minister of Romania


Victor Ponta re-appointed prime minister of Romania

Romania’s president has appointed as prime minister the man who tried to have him impeached in July – Victor Ponta. The Social Liberal Union leader won a two thirds majority in parliamentary elections on December 9th and eases concerns over the country’s political stability.

The row that took place between the president and the newly re-appointed prime minister raised doubts about how swiftly the second poorest country in the European Union could agree on a deal with the International Monetary Fund over a €5 billion loan. The new government also faces the challenge of dealing with high levels of corruption and organised crime. These issues have kept Romania outside the passport zone Schengen Zone


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