PM Ponta says he would resign if DNA starts penal investigation against him for vote in Diaspora

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PM Victor Ponta stated on Saturday evening he would resign if the National Anti-corruption Department (DNA) starts the penal investigation against him for the vote in Diaspora during the presidential elections. Ponta said the government cannot be run by a politician under penal investigation, but stressed one must give up the ‘idea from 2004’ that a person who loses elections should be jailed.

“I don’t want someone to say Romania is led by a prime-minister under penal investigation. (,,,) If the DNA requests the start of the penal investigation against me, for former FM Corlatean, I would most certainly resign,” Victor Ponta said.

Ponta told a TV station he thought about resigning after the presidential elections; however he counted five million votes in his favour. He said that, for a reshuffled cabinet he will check if there is still support in parliament. “I am ready to start all over again, wiser and aware of my mistakes,” Ponta said.

On November 18, 2014 the Criminal Investigation prosecutors with the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – the Supreme Court) decided to start the penal investigation for offences included in art. 297 Penal Code (abuse of office), art. 298 Penal Code (negligence of office) and art. 285 Penal Code (preventing the use of electoral rights).

 

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