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Mounting pressure sees Romanian PM Victor Ponta resign

04/11/15 11:59 CET

Mounting pressure sees Romanian PM Victor Ponta resign
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"Today I am resigning and this includes, of course, the resignation of the entire Romanian government."

Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta has resigned.

A tax fraud scandal saw him lose the Social Democrat Party leadership in October 2015 and he became the country’s first sitting premier to stand trial for corruption.

Mass protests following Friday’s (October 30) deadly nightclub fire, appear to have been the final straw.

At least 32 people died as a result of the Bucharest club blaze. Of the 130 people still hospitalised, dozens are said to be in a serious or critical condition.

Protesters blamed government corruption and poor safety precautions for the death toll and called on cabinet members to step down.

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“Today, I am resigning and this includes, of course, the resignation of the entire Romanian government,” Ponta announced. “I am doing this because, in all the years I have been in politics, I put up resistance during conflict with political adversaries, but I have never fought against the people.”

Following Ponta’s resignation, junior coalition partner UNPR announced it would continue to back the ruling Social Democrats.

Its support ensures the coalition government will continue to hold a parliamentary majority.

Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta will resign on November 4, a day after mass protests demanding cabinet resignations as the death toll from a nightclub fire reached 32.

Posted by euronews onWednesday, November 4, 2015

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Posted by euronews onWednesday, 4 November 2015
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