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BUCHAREST, Romania – 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.