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Romanian PM who faces corruption probe easily survives vote of no-confidence

  • A man holds a banner depicting Romania's Premier Victor Ponta as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during a protest demanding his resignation in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Romania's president urged Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign after the country's anti-corruption prosecutor's office launched a probe into corruption allegations including tax evasion and money laundering but Ponta refused, saying that only Parliament could dismiss him. Poster reads, ' Ponta shows up - the sun rises.' At bottom, 'We steal - we don't think', above a picture depicting parliament members as villains. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    A man holds a banner depicting Romania's Premier Victor Ponta as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during a protest demanding his resignation in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Romania's president urged Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign after the country's anti-corruption prosecutor's office launched a probe into corruption allegations including tax evasion and money laundering but Ponta refused, saying that only Parliament could dismiss him. Poster reads, ' Ponta shows up - the sun rises.' At bottom, 'We steal - we don't think', above a picture depicting parliament members as villains. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • People speak back dropped by a banner depicting Romania's Premier Victor Ponta as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during a protest demanding his resignation in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Romania's president urged Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign after the country's anti-corruption prosecutor's office launched a probe into corruption allegations including tax evasion and money laundering but Ponta refused, saying that only Parliament could dismiss him. Poster reads, ' Ponta shows up - the sun rises.'  At bottom, 'We steal - we don't think', above a picture depicting parliament members as villains. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    People speak back dropped by a banner depicting Romania's Premier Victor Ponta as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during a protest demanding his resignation in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Romania's president urged Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign after the country's anti-corruption prosecutor's office launched a probe into corruption allegations including tax evasion and money laundering but Ponta refused, saying that only Parliament could dismiss him. Poster reads, ' Ponta shows up - the sun rises.' At bottom, 'We steal - we don't think', above a picture depicting parliament members as villains. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Romania's prime minister, who faces accusations of corruption including money laundering and conflict of interest, has easily survived a vote of no-confidence.

Lawmakers voted 194-13 to dismiss Premier Victor Ponta in a secret ballot Friday, falling short of the 278 needed. Lawmakers from the ruling Social Democracy Party which Ponta heads did not vote.

On June 5, anti-corruption prosecutors said Ponta was suspected of being an accomplice to tax evasion from 2007 to 2008 while serving in Parliament, forgery, a conflict of interest and money laundering.

Ponta refused to resign and on Tuesday Parliament voted to keep his immunity from prosecution. He says the accusations are politically motivated.