President calls on Prime Minister to resign
A political crisis was developing in Romania today as the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) announced that it was planning to prosecute Prime Minister Victor Ponta.
The press release (which you can read in Romanian here) cites conflicts of interest, money laundering and complicity in tax evasion.
President Klaus Iohannis was quick to discuss the situation with the Prime Minister and called for the Prime Minister to resign. You can read the Presidential press release in Romanian here.
In his statement the President said:
“Today the National Anticorruption publicly announced that Prime Minister Victor Ponta is accused of criminal acts. In my opinion, it is an impossible situation for the prime minister of Romania to be charged with criminal offenses. On the other hand, for Romania the worst thing that could happen now is a political crisis. Given all this, I have asked for the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta. These considerations and the request for resignation, I have communicated to the Prime Minister in a discussion I had a few minutes ago!”
Prime Minister Victor Ponta has responded by rejecting the President’s call for his resignation and pointed out that only parliament can remove a Prime Minister. In a Facebook posting the Prime Minister said “I respect his public position but I was appointed in the job by Romania’s parliament and only parliament can dismiss me.”