Romanian pres accuses PM of being ex-spy

2014-10-14 13:06
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Bucharest - Romania's President Traian Basescu claims the prime minister, who is the favourite to win a 2 November presidential race, is an ex-spy.

Basescu said in a television interview that Prime Minister Victor Ponta had been an undercover officer for Romania's foreign intelligence service from 1997 to 2001 when he was a prosecutor.

Ponta immediately denied the accusation.

Basescu, who as president appoints the chiefs of the two main intelligence services, did not produce evidence. Basescu is a political rival of Ponta's but will not run in the election. Basescu steps down after 10 years next month.

It is the latest twist involving Romania's influential intelligence services.

The head of foreign intelligence last month stepped down to run for president days after a television journalist also revealed he had been an undercover officer.

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