Romanian PM Ponta quits after protests, paves way for cabinet reshuffle

November 4, 2015 12:12 PM

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Romanian PM Ponta quits after protests, paves way for cabinet reshuffle

BUCHAREST Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta quit on Wednesday in a surprise move that will lead to the formation of a new cabinet, after street protesters demanded cabinet resignations as the death toll from a weekend Bucharest nightclub fire climbed.

Ponta, the country's only sitting premier to face a trial for corruption, had already been under pressure to resign from the opposition and President Klaus Iohannis, who defeated him in last November's presidential election.

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