Romania's embattled Prime Minister Victor Ponta addresses journalists as he gets out from the governmental coalition meeting at the Parliament Palace in Bucharest November 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU
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Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta quit Wednesday in a surprise move that will probably produce a new cabinet led by a technocrat, after street protesters demanded resignations over a deadly fire in a Bucharest nightclub.Iohannis will consult political parties separately over the new premier, starting Thursday, and a possible nomination might emerge in the next days, he said.An estimated 15,000 people marched in Bucharest Wednesday evening, and thousands more poured onto the streets of cities across Romania, saying the government's resignation should be just the beginning of reforming a political class and public administration widely seen as corrupt.He is likely to face his first court hearings later in November.He nominated Defence Minister Mircea Dusa as interim premier until a new government is in place.The junior coalition party UNPR, under Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea, said it was willing to keep supporting the coalition.
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