PM Ponta undergoes knee surgery in Turkey, sources say

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PM Victor Ponta left for Turkey on Monday to undergo a left knee surgery, official sources told local media. Vice premier Gabriel Oprea will replace the prime minister while he is away.

Victor Ponta’s lawyer went to the National Anti-corruption Directorate on Monday morning instead of the prime minister, who is prosecuted for three crimes in Sova case. The lawyer would have asked for a one-week delay in the premier’s hearing, arguing he is in Turkey to undergo a knee surgery.

At the end of May, PM Ponta informed he was slightly injured at his left leg while playing basketball. Then, the doctors recommended him to avoid long walks on foot for 24-48 hours.

Soon after, the premier left for Tirana at SEECP summit, apologizing to the Albanian PM for stumping, explaining to his counterpart he got the injury during a basketball match.

Ponta underwent a medical check-up last Thursday at the Military Hospital in Bucharest, which pointed to a broken ligament that also affected his meniscus and cartilage. Following the MRI, the doctors recommended him to have a knee surgery.

Before heading for a two-day visit in Croatia, President Iohannis said PM Ponta hadn’t informed him about going to Baku to attend the European Games’ opening, or called him to announced his leaving to Turkey or to congratulate him on his birthday (e.n. President Iohannis turned 56 on Saturday). Iohannis also said he heard of PM Ponta’s leaving to Baku from sources after the premier had already left.

Questioned by a journalist how was going to cohabit with the premier anymore in these circumstances, Iohannis answered: “It’s a good question…I don’t know, I don’t have an answer for that.”

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