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Romania's defence minister resigns

Romania's defence minister resigns ex-defence minister, Romania

BUCHAREST (Romania), November 19 (SeeNews) - Romania's defence minister Mihai Fifor resigned on Monday, saying he would like to focus rather on work within the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD).

"I made a very serious analysis, and I decided I could help the party more. We need to strengthen the team, prepare major projects, so I asked the prime minister and [PSD leader] Mr. Dragnea to allow me to submit my resignation," Fifor said in a statement broadcast by local Digi 24.

Fifor's statement was made shortly before a meeting of the PSD executive committee.

Fifor is the second minister to resign over a week.

On November 12, EU affairs Victor Negrescu resigned without giving a clear reason.

Two days later, Romania's president Klaus Iohannis endorsed the appointment of George Ciamba as new European affairs minister.