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Romanian Interior Minister Resigns Over Corruption Scandal

Romanian Interior Minister Petre Toba has resigned after becoming embroiled in an embezzlement scandal.

Toba said on September 1 that he had decided to step down "to avoid dragging the ministry into a public scandal" three months before parliamentary elections.

Anticorruption prosecutors say Toba aided the suspects in a case against officials from his ministry's in-house secret service, the DIPI, by refusing to declassify documents concerning unusual payments.

DIPI officers are accused of abuse of power and embezzling funds that cost the state tens of thousands of dollars.

Toba said he strongly rejects the accusations against him.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AGERPRES