Romanian president Oks PM's return to job after knee surgery

AP News
Posted: Jul 09, 2015 3:31 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president says the prime minister, a suspect in a corruption probe, can return to his post after an absence of more than three weeks for knee surgery abroad.

President Klaus Iohannis signed a decree Thursday to allow Victor Ponta to resume his duties following his June 15 knee operation in Istanbul.

Ponta, 42, was seen entering the government offices Wednesday on crutches.

On June 5, prosecutors said Ponta was suspected of conflict of interest, money laundering and tax evasion for work he did as a lawyer in 2007 to 2008 when he was a lawmaker. He denies wrongdoing. Iohannis urged him to resign, which he refused.

Ponta survived a vote to lift his immunity from some of the charges, and a no-confidence vote.