Victor Ponta, Romania’s prime minister, has dismissed as politically motivated a battery of corruption charges against him and faces a no confidence motion in parliament.
The motion was filed by opposition lawmakers days after Bucharest prosecutors presented the charges of forgery, money-laundering and tax evasion against Mr Ponta. Klaus Iohannis, Romania’s president, who defeated the prime minister in an election in November, has called on Mr Ponta to resign.
The indictments have raised fears of a return to the instability and political deadlock that characterised politics in Romania, the EU’s seventh-largest member state for much of the post-communist era.
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