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Romanian PM mulls cabinet reshuffle

Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said he was considering a cabinet reshuffle amid corruption allegations against three of his ministers, Reuters reported.

"There are three ministers with problems who are indeed causing difficulties in terms of public perception and in some situations with the European Commission," Tudose told private television station Antena3, adding that he was looking into asking the three ministers to resign in a "mini-reshuffle."

The ministers involved are Deputy Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh, European Funds Minister Rovana Plumb and Minister for Liaison with Parliament Viorel Ilie.

Shhaideh and Plumb face allegations relating to abuse of office in a land transfer case, while Ilie is suspected of rigging a job contest for clerks at his ministry.

An investigation into Shhaideh is underway, while anti-corruption prosecutors have asked for parliamentary approval to investigate Plumb, Reuters said. A request to probe Ilie was recently rejected by the parliament.

All three ministers deny wrongdoing.

Tudose said the corruption allegations had triggered problems for his Social Democrat government, adding that his relationship with Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea was not in a "happy moment," according to the report.

The prime minister reportedly said he will make an announcement regarding a possible cabinet reshuffle this week.