Romania's development minister resigns

Development and Administration minister Liviu Dragnea, received a suspended prison sentence of one year on Friday in a case in which he is accused of fraud in a 2012 referendum to dismiss then-president Traian Basescu.

Romania's development minister resigns

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Romania's Regional Development Minister announced his resignation on Friday after a court handed him a one year suspended sentence for vote-rigging in a 2012 impeachment referendum against then president Traian Basescu.

"The prime minister took note of my resignation," Liviu Dragnea told reporters on Friday, adding the decision to convict him would set a dangerous precedent. Dragnea denied the charge.

In July 2012, Prime Minister Victor Ponta's ruling Social Democrats and their allies tried to oust Basescu from office. The referendum plunged Romania into a constitutional crisis. 

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