Romania's president hopes indicted premier will be ousted

Romania president supports no-confidence vote against premier, on trial for corruption charges

Romania's president hopes indicted premier will be ousted

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's president says he supports a no-confidence vote against the government, days after Prime Minister Victor Ponta went on trial for corruption charges.

President Klaus Iohannis said Wednesday that if the Sept. 29 vote was successful, it "would resolve a very big problem.....the fact (Romania) has a prime minister who's on trial."

Iohannis said that "we are unique, in a negative way, in having such a prime minister."

Ponta's trial began Monday on corruption charges, including tax evasion, money laundering, conflict of interest and making false statements while he was working as a lawyer in 2007 and 2008. At the time, Ponta was a lawmaker.

Parliament will vote on the motion on Tuesday. It is unclear whether the opposition can muster the votes it needs.

Updated : 2021-04-15 11:07 GMT+08:00