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    Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta addresses Parliament before a non-confidence vote in Bucharest, Romania in this September 29, 2015 file photo.

    Romanian Prime Minister Resigns After Mass Protests in Bucharest

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    Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced he would leave his post on Wednesday following mass protests across the country.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, about 25,000 gathered in the center of Bucharest, urging the government to take responsibility for the Colectiv nightclub's tragedy that claimed lives of at least 32 people.

    "I do understand the legitimate anger in the society. People need more. It would be a mistake to ignore. I am ready to make this gesture. As of today, I am stepping down as prime minister," Ponta said in a statement circulating in local media.

    Earlier in the day, Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the Romanian Social Democratic Party (PSD), confirmed the prime minister was due to resign.

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