Ponta, in the slammer ! Cotidianul britanic Sunday Express : Romanian PM faces calls to step down over corruption allegations

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THE ROMANIAN prime minister was urged to step down today over corruption allegations including forgery, tax evasion and money-laundering.

A criminal investigation, led by Romania’s anti-corruption agency DNA, was launched against Victor Ponta regarding his time spent as a lawyer during 2007 and 2008.

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A separate investigation targets suspected conflict of interest by Mr Ponta during his time as prime minister.

Prosecutors have made a series of high-profile arrests in recent months in what remains one of the poorest and most graft-addled countries in the European Union.

Following the shock announcement of the investigations into Mr Ponta, Romanian president Klaus Iohannis called on him to resign from his post.

I was appointed in the job by Romania’s parliament and only parliament can dismiss me

Victor Ponta

But Mr Ponta retaliated by insisting he will NOT step down – adding that only parliament can dismiss him.

He said: „I respect his public position but I was appointed in the job by Romania’s parliament and only parliament can dismiss me.”

Mr Ponta also denied any wrongdoing and claimed the accusations, brought against him last Friday, had previously been put forward by his political opposition.

Romanian PM faces calls to step down over corruption allegations

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