Romania: politician in corruption probe won't run for mayor

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Posted: Apr 11, 2016 10:49 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian politician said Monday he would not run for mayor of Bucharest after anti-corruption prosecutors told him he'd been indicted on corruption charges.

Ludovic Orban who planned to run for Bucharest mayor in June's local elections, also announced that he would step down as deputy chairman of the opposition Liberal Party.

The anti-corruption prosecutors' office said Orban was suspected of asking a businessman for 50,000 euros ($57,000) in cash in March to pay two television channels to promote his campaign.

The statement said that the unidentified businessman's operations stood to benefit from Orban being mayor.

Earlier, Orban met prosecutors to hear charges against him and said he could not ask voters "to elect me when I am the subject of a criminal inquiry." He denies wrongdoing.

Orban was transportation minister from 2007 to 2008.

Bucharest's last elected mayor, Sorin Oprescu, was arrested in September on suspicion of taking bribes. He was later suspended and a caretaker was appointed interim mayor.