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ROMANIAN RESIGNS TO QUELL POLITICAL CRISIS

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea resigned Monday, saying he aimed to end a political crisis that rocked his coalition government for three months and threatened overdue market reforms.

"I chose the unilateral solution to end this crisis," Ciorbea said in a live televised speech announcing his resignation. "Today, I submitted my resignation to the head of state."

President Emil Constantinescu appointed Interior Minister Gavril Dejeu to take over in a caretaker capacity. He said he would designate a new prime minister Thursday after talks with political leaders, including opposition leftists.

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