Romania’s foreign minister resigned Tuesday, after barely a week in office, after thousands of citizens overseas were unable to vote in this weekend’s presidential elections. Teodor Melescanu stepped down following the weekend’s runoff vote. His predecessor resigned last week after similar problems with the first-round vote. Images have poured in of Romanians standing in snaking lines to vote all over Europe. Anger at the problems contributed to the surprise victory of Klaus Iohannis over Prime Minister Victor Ponta. Reacting to public anger, Parliament’s lower chamber on Tuesday scrapped a controversial draft amnesty law that would have freed politicians and other officials serving prison sentences for corruption.
The draft, which would have freed anyone serving less than six years for non-violent crimes, had been criticized by the U.S. and other governments.
Suggesting his party could push for early parliamentary elections, Iohannis said the center-right Liberal Party he leads wanted to take office next year, or in 2016 when such elections are scheduled.