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Romania's regional development minister resigns
May 15, 2015 / 7:27 AM / in 3 years

Romania's regional development minister resigns

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania’s Regional Development Minister announced his resignation on Friday after a court handed him a one year suspended sentence for vote-rigging in a 2012 impeachment referendum against then president Traian Basescu.

“The prime minister took note of my resignation,” Liviu Dragnea told reporters on Friday, adding the decision to convict him would set a dangerous precedent. Dragnea denied the charge.

In July 2012, Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s ruling Social Democrats and their allies tried to oust Basescu from office. The referendum plunged Romania into a constitutional crisis.

Reporting by Radu Marinas and Luiza Ilie; editing by John Stonestreet

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