Antonescu: Liberal ministers to resign by Wednesday noon

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Liberal ministers and other officials will submit their resignations by 12 p.m. local time, the National Liberal Party (PNL) chairman Crin Antonescu declared on Tuesday night.

"Our ministers have practically announced their resignations from the political point of view. Tomorrow by 12 o'clock all the [Liberal] officials, state secretary and holders of equivalent positions will legally file their resignations at the Government," Antonescu said.

'It is a decision made by an overwhelming vote, but it is a decision that was not easy to make, it is a decision we did not want, it is a decision we tried to avoid making. (...) USL no longer exists, because it had no more reason to exist,' Antonescu said at the Palace of Parliament.

The Liberals' leader maintained that PNL demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

'Victor Ponta received the mandate and then the investiture as Prime Minister heading a USL government,' Antonescu pointed out, adding that, most likely, Premier Ponta would not resign.AGERPRES

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