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Romanian Premier Wins Confidence Vote as Graft Trial Looms

  • Victory bolsters premier's bid to ride out corruption scandal
  • Opposition can't hold another ballot before February
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Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta defeated a second no-confidence motion against him in four months, bolstering his hold on power as the opposition demands he resign over a corruption scandal.

Lawmakers from the ruling coalition boycotted the ballot Tuesday in Bucharest, leaving Ponta’s opponents in the 550-seat parliament short of the 276 votes needed to oust him. Another ballot can’t be held before February, giving Ponta time to focus on his survival.