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Romanian foreign minister resigns, again, over expatriate voting chaos

Klaus Iohannis, leader of Romania's center-right Liberals and mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, smiles while posing for a portrait, shortly after giving an interview to the Associated Press, on the first morning after exit polls in the presidential elections runoff in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. The ethnic German mayor who defeated Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta in a presidential runoff said his victory signaled "a deep change" in Romania. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT

Klaus Iohannis, leader of Romania's center-right Liberals and mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, smiles while posing for a portrait, shortly after giving an interview to the Associated Press, on the first morning after exit polls in the presidential elections runoff in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. The ethnic German mayor who defeated Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta in a presidential runoff said his victory signaled "a deep change" in Romania. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

Romania's foreign minister has resigned after barely a week in office after thousands of citizens overseas were unable to vote in this weekend's presidential elections.

Teodor Melescanu stepped down Tuesday following the weekend's runoff vote. His predecessor resigned last week after similar problems with the first-round vote.

Images have poured in of Romanians standing in snaking lines to vote all over Europe. Anger at the problems contributed to the surprise victory of Klaus Iohannis over Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

Romanians see voting as a hard-won right following the fall of communism in 1989. An estimated 3 million Romanians live abroad and they sent 3.6 billion euros ($4.6 billion) home last year, much of it supporting poor families.

Ponta said the government is working on legislation to allow postal voting.