BUCHAREST, Romania – A Romanian politician says he will not run for mayor of Bucharest after anti-corruption prosecutors told him he'd been indicted on corruption charges.
Ludovic Orban who planned to run for Bucharest mayor in June's local elections, also announced Monday that he would step down as deputy chairman of the opposition Liberal Party.
Orban said he had been indicted for "illicit income" but gave no details.
Speaking after meeting anti-corruption prosecutors, said he could not ask voters "to elect me when I am the subject of a criminal inquiry." He denies wrongdoing.
Orban was transportation minister from 2007 to 2008.
Bucharest's last elected mayor, Sorin Oprescu, was arrested in September on suspicion of taking bribes. He was later suspended and a caretaker was appointed interim mayor.