Romanian PM Emil Boc dismisses Foreign minister Teodor Baconschi
His statement was commented by Social Democratic Party leader Victor Ponta, who said he agreed with PM's decision to dismiss minister Baconschi, but that it came too late.
Sources within the governing Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) told HotNews.ro that a party session on Monday top PDL leader Ioan Oltean attacked party officials who made inappropriate statements about protesters, including Teodor Baconschi. Emil Boc then allegedly had a phone talk with President Traian Basescu on the issue of dismissing Teodor Baconschi, according to the sources.
UPDATE PM Emil Boc later said that he dismissed minister Baconschi because dignitaries should not be "encouraged to insult people who are rightfully discontent". For his part, Teodor Baconschi said for news station Realitatea TV that PM Boc informed him by phone about the decision and said it was a political decision as the prime minister had nothing to complain about when it came to government affairs. One possible replacement for Baconschi, according to some sources, might be Cristian Diaconescu, head of the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR).