Prime Minister Emil Boc has resigned after three weeks of protests over his austerity measures. The prime minister cited the need to “defuse political and social tension” over austerity cuts as his reason for resigning.
Boc has been prime minister since December 2008 when his party, the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) was elected with 115 of the 334 seats in the Chamber of Deputies; he eventually formed a coalition government with the Social Democratic party.
Rueters reports Emil Boc as saying “It is the moment for important political decisions. From this point of view, I took the decision to give up the government’s mandate.”