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Romania’s politics on fire: why Victor Ponta resigned and what it means for the country

Brett, Daniel (2015) Romania’s politics on fire: why Victor Ponta resigned and what it means for the country. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (05 Nov 2015). Website.

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Abstract

A tragic accident at a Bucharest nightclub resulted in 32 people losing their lives and triggered a series of events that culminated in the resignation of Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta on 4 November. Ponta was already under significant pressure to quit following corruption allegations, but had resisted handing in his resignation until now. Why this change of heart? Dan Brett provides a comprehensive analysis of the situation and points out that, for Ponta, resigning over an accident he could not be blamed for was the easiest way out. Despite Ponta’s resignation, widespread anger at perceived political corruption has ensured protests have continued on the streets of Romanian towns and cities, with even the country’s popular President Klaus Iohannis potentially in the firing line.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 10:27
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 23:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70876

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