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Romanian Prime Minister Survives No-Confidence Vote


Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta votes at the opening of a no-confidence motion in front of the parliament in Bucharest on June 12.

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta votes at the opening of a no-confidence motion in front of the parliament in Bucharest on June 12.

Romania's prime minister, who faces accusations of corruption including money laundering and conflict of interest, has easily survived a vote of no confidence.

Lawmakers voted 194-13 to dismiss Victor Ponta in a secret ballot on June 12, falling short of the 278 needed.

Lawmakers from the ruling Social Democratic Party, which Ponta heads, did not vote.

On June 5, anticorruption prosecutors said Ponta was suspected of being an accomplice to tax evasion from 2007 to 2008 while serving in parliament, forgery, conflict of interest, and money laundering.

Ponta refused to resign and on June 9 parliament voted to keep his immunity from prosecution. He says the accusations are politically motivated.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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