Romania's prime minister resigns

Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:15 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc resigned Monday after weeks of public protests against spending cuts and other austerity measures.

Boc made the announcement on Romanian television, saying he was resigning to diffuse social and political tensions.

CNN said Boc appears to have lost the support of his Democrat Liberal party.

President Traian Basescu named former Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu as interim prime minister.

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