Romania

Interior minister resignation triggers reshuffle


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Minister of Administration and Interior, Ioan Rus, resigned yesterday along with his Deputy, Victor Dobre, over the controversy surrounding the number of eligible voters in the recent impeachment referendum against the president.

Both men claim that they have faced ‘unacceptable’ pressures and levels of criticism ever since the government questioned the number of eligible voters in the referendum.

Yesterday Mr Rus issued a statement saying that at the time of the local elections earlier this year there were 18,315,880 people eligible to vote. By the time of the impeachment referendum there were 18,294,514 citizens, 21,366 fewer. Presumably this is after the lists were cleaned of those names that were deceased or had been disqualified for other reasons.

The move triggered a minor reshuffle by Prime Minister Victor Ponta with the following ministers taking up their new roles:

Mircea Dusa Minister of Administration and Interior
Radu Stroe Minister of Administration (Deputy to the Minister of Administration and Interior)
Mona Pivniceru Minister of Justice
Titus Corlatean Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dan Sova Minister for Parliament
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