A Romanian government minister has resigned after receiving a one-year suspended prison sentence for fraud in a referendum to impeach Romania’s former president.
The High Court of Cassation and Justice on Friday convicted Liviu Dragnea of election fraud for inflating voter numbers at a July 2012 referendum to impeach former President Traian Basescu. The referendum failed because turnout was too low. More than 50 percent of the eligible voters need to participate for a referendum to be valid.
Dragnea, who says he is innocent, resigned as minister of regional development after Friday’s sentence, and said he would also step down as executive chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party.
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