Foreign Minister resigns
Romania’s Foreign Minister, Titus Corlățean, resigned yesterday over a row about overseas polling stations in the presidential election.
In the first round of voting for the presidential election on 2nd November many members of the diaspora had complained that they were unable to vote because of insufficient arrangements at embassies across the world. Over the weekend there had been rallies complaining about the lack of polling stations and criticism of the minister had heightened. The foreign minister refused to add further polling stations overseas and eventually handed in his resignation yesterday.
The second round runoff for President will take place on 16th November between the centre-left Prime Minister Victor Ponta and centre-right Klaus Iohannis; Ponta is expected to win.
Prime Minister Ponta has appointed a former Defence Minister and Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Teodor Meleșcanu, as interim Foreign Minister.