Romanian PM Resigns: International Affairs

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Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced his resignation over a fire tragedy that has killed 32 people and injured more than 180 others.

He resigned after some 20,000 people took to the streets to protest over a nightclub fire in Bucharest. Fire started when a band performing at the club set off fireworks inside.

Demonstrators called for Mr Ponta to step down, complaining of government corruption and poor safety supervision.

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Ponta resigned after massive demonstrations demanding his resignation on the issue of fire in a club.

Ponta became prime minister in April 2012, after the previous government fell in a no-confidence vote. He began a new term as head of government after December 2012 parliamentary elections.

The National Anti-corruption Directorate started a criminal investigation against him this June, alleging forgery, complicity in tax evasion and money laundering while he was a lawyer years ago.

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President Klaus Iohannis will name an interim prime minister, before launching talks with political parties about forming a new government. Mr Ponta has said he will stay on until an interim successor is in place.

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