Prime Minister Ponta is to be tried by the country’s top court after he is indicted on several counts of corruption. He faces charges of fraud, tax evasion and money laundering dating back to when he was a lawyer, before he was elected prime minister. Ponta denies the claims and has denounced the prosecution as “totally unprofessional”. He says the charges against him have been fabricated and contrived. He has refused to resign, and will be the first prime minister in the country to stand trial while in office.
[Romania’s only problem is] the obsession of a totally unprofessional prosecutor to assert himself in his career by inventing and imagining untrue deeds and situations from 10 years ago.
President Iohannis, who has previously called on Ponta to resign, said the country’s image would suffer because of the case.
In my view, the situation is more and more problematic for the prime minister, for the government and for the Social Democratic Party.
Four other people have also been indicted in the case.