WEB DESK: Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced his resignation on Wednesday over a nightclub blaze that killed 32 people, a day after more than 20,000 people rallied in Bucharest to demand he quit, reported AFP.
In a surprise move just hours after mass protests demanding cabinet resignations as the death toll from a Bucharest nightclub fire reached 32, his ruling leftist party said.
Ponta, the country’s only sitting premier to stand trial for corruption, had been under pressure to resign from President Klaus Iohannis, who defeated him in last November’s presidential election.
Ponta’s departure may lead to a political realignment in Romania, where a coalition of three parties form a majority in parliament.
President Iohannis, the former opposition leader, has said his aim was to bring his former Liberals to power.