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April 19, 2021

Deputies’ Chamber rejects request to open criminal investigation against PM Victor Ponta

The Deputies’ Chamber in a plenary sitting on Tuesday approved the decision to reject the opening of a criminal investigation procedure against Prime Minister Victor Ponta by 231 votes to 120.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta believes that the result of the vote in Parliament regarding the initiation of criminal proceedings against him, as requested by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), “is a normal one.”

“The result is normal: 231 to 120. I want and I believe that Parliament and the Government have the obligation to respect the Constitution and defend especially the others, for others, and I refer now to the simple people, do not enjoy the support that I have. This is what we should reflect upon from now on,” the Prime Minister said after the vote cast by the Deputies.

Asked whether he will go to the DNA now to submit new documents, Ponta specified: “I won’t speak of concrete cases anymore. I believe it is not normal to do so. I will just speak, and my lawyers too, in front of the court.”


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