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Romanian president accuses prime minister of having been a secret agent

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Romanian president accuses prime minister of having been a secret agent

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The Romanian president has accused his prime minister of working as a spy ten years ago.

In a television interview Traian Basescu said PM Victor Ponta was an undercover intelligence officer between 1997 and 2001 and that this was why his career had advanced so quickly. Ponta has denied this.

The allegations come as Ponta is set to win next month’s presidential election.

Basescu, who has served two consecutive terms and cannot run again. 

The two men have a long running feud with Ponta previously trying to impeach Basescu.

Analysts say the role of the Secret Service in Romania and it’s lack of accountability to the government needs to be looked at.