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