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Romanian justice minister to resign

Romania’s justice minister, under investigation for allegedly abusing his position in a real estate deal, said he would hand in his resignation Monday, reports International Herald Tribune.

Tudor Chiuariu, who became justice minister earlier this year, announced his intentions Sunday, two days after President Traian Basescu had publicly asked for his removal. In September, anti-corruption prosecutors accused Chiuariu and a former telecommunications minister, Zsolt Nagy, of corruption in a real estate deal and asked Basescu to approve an investigation. Investigations of public officials and former ministers must be approved by the president. Chiuariu and Nagy have denied the allegations and Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu resisted pressure to fire the justice minister. „I do not want personal and political disputes to affect the activity and the credibility of state institutions,” Chiuariu said Sunday. „But I promise you that when this ridiculous set up is over, I will come back to continue” the reform of the justice system. (IHT)