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Nov 4, 2015 | 09:22 GMT

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Romania: Prime Minister Resigns

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned Nov. 4 after thousands of protesters joined an anti-government march in Bucharest, Social Democratic Party leader Liviu Dragnea said, Adevarul, BBC and Bloomberg reported. Ponta was already facing trial for money laundering and tax fraud charges, and allegations that corruption led to a nightclub fire that killed 32 people a week ago sparked additional unrest. Stratfor sources indicated that as many as 20,000 people gathered in Bucharest, and youth and student organizations called for more participants on social media. Similar demonstrations also broke out simultaneously in Brasov and Ploiesti. The ruling coalition is expected to meet later in the day to decide whether it will continue to function in parliament without the prime minister, Dragnea said. No other resignations have been announced. Romania's anti-corruption campaign heralds an institutional shift in the country's politics, a shift that could benefit the West.

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