Romania

Government shaken by resignation of Economy Minister


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Prime Minister Victor Ponta has accepted the resignation of his Minister of Economy, Varujan Vosganian.  Mr Vosganian of the National Liberal Party (PNL) apparently resigned to prevent any damage to the government. He has been accused of improperly authorising the sale of natural gas to a Romanian chemical fertiliser’s producer, Interagro, when they were deeply in debt to natural gas producer Romgaz. He denied any wrongdoing.

Daniel Chiţoiu will act as an interim replacement to Vosganian.

The government was also shaken by accusations brought against Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea. Formerly secretary-general of the Social Democrats (PSD), the DIICOT anti-corruption office has charged him with “using his influence and authority within the party in order to obtain undue electoral advantages.” He has refused to resign and Prime Minister Victor Ponta is backing his deputy.

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