Romanian PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu decided on August 18 to dismiss the head and deputy head of the National Agency for Foreign Investments - ARIS following their involvement into a public scandal related to alleged bribe taking.

A governmental press release at the time said the decision was made due to the behaviour of ARIS head Ana Maria Cristina and her deputy Gabriela Vasile, who accused each other of bribe taking and conflict of interests in a public quarrel that shocked many TV viewers.

The two were also expelled from the Democratic Party - PD, a senior member of the governing coalition. Party leader Emil Boc nominated PD member Marian Neagu to replace Cristina at the helm of ARIS.