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Beginning in July 2012, Ponta found himself at the heart of [[2012 Romanian political crisis|a political crisis]]. This culminated in Băsescu's suspension from office by Parliament, an action strongly promoted by Ponta, and which triggered [[Romanian presidential impeachment referendum, 2012|an unsuccessful referendum]] on impeaching Băsescu.<ref>{{ro icon}} [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/politica/Traian_Basescu_a_fost_suspendat-_Reactii_0_731927143.html "Traian Băsescu a fost suspendat. Antonescu le cere românilor şi instituţiilor să-şi desfăşoare activitatea normal" ("Traian Băsescu Suspended. Antonescu Asks Romanians and Institutions to Undertake Normal Activity")], ''Adevărul'', 6 July 2012; accessed 5 August 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/ponta-referendum-conform-ccr-jumatate-din-populatie-trebuie-sa-mearga-la-vot-991570.html "Ponta: Referendum conform CCR. Jumătate din populaţie trebuie să meargă la vot pentru ca referendumul să fie valid" ("Ponta: Referendum According to Constitutional Court. Half the People Must Vote for Referendum to be Valid")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 12 July 2012; accessed 5 August 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} Mariana Bechir, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/politica/Premierul_Victor_Ponta_sustine_o_conferinta_de_presa_la_Palatul_Victoria_0_759524273.html "Primele declaraţii ale lui Victor Ponta după invalidarea referendumului" ("Victor Ponta's First Declarations after Referendum Is Invalidated")], ''Adevărul'', 21 August 2012; accessed 27 August 2012</ref> Following the USL victory at the [[Romanian legislative election, 2012|December 2012 parliamentary election]],<ref>{{ro icon}} Carmen Vintilă, Alexandra Postelnicu, [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/rezultate-finale-alegeri-parlamentare-2012-usl-60-ard-16-1015412.html "Rezultate finale alegeri parlamentare 2012" ("Parliamentary Elections 2012: Final Results")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 11 December 2012; accessed 18 December 2012</ref> including Ponta winning 61% of the vote in his own seat, where he was challenged by [[Dan Diaconescu]],<ref>{{ro icon}} [http://jurnalul.ro/stiri/politica/dan-diaconescu-n-are-loc-in-parlament-liderul-pp-dd-surclasat-de-ponta-631201.html "Dan Diaconescu n-are loc în Parlament! Liderul PP-DD, surclasat de Ponta" ("Dan Diaconescu Has No Seat in Parliament! PP-DD Leader, Beaten by Ponta")], ''Jurnalul Naţional'', 10 December 2012; accessed 18 December 2012</ref> Băsescu named Ponta to another term as premier.<ref>{{ro icon}} Andreea Udrea, [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/consultarile-s-au-incheiat-surse-apropiate-palatului-cotroceni-victor-ponta-va-fi-desemn-1016123.html "Victor Ponta a fost desemnat oficial premier" ("Victor Ponta Officially Designated Premier")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 17 December 2012; accessed 18 December 2012</ref> According to an [[opinion poll]] conducted by Geopol during 18 to 25 February 2013, 34% of Romanians are dissatisfied with his governance, and 45% are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with the activity of Ponta Government.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.ziare.com/victor-ponta/guvern/unul-din-trei-romani-e-nemultumit-de-guvernarea-ponta-sondaj-geopol-1222414 |title=Unul din trei români e nemulțumit de guvernarea Ponta - sondaj GeoPOL |work=Ziare.com |date=March 5, 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.revista22.ro/sondaj-geopol-unul-din-trei-romani-e-nemultumit-de-guvernarea-ponta-23078.html |title=SONDAJ GeoPOL: Unul din trei români e NEMULȚUMIT de guvernarea Ponta |work=Revista22 |date=Marrch 5, 2013}}</ref>
 
Beginning in July 2012, Ponta found himself at the heart of [[2012 Romanian political crisis|a political crisis]]. This culminated in Băsescu's suspension from office by Parliament, an action strongly promoted by Ponta, and which triggered [[Romanian presidential impeachment referendum, 2012|an unsuccessful referendum]] on impeaching Băsescu.<ref>{{ro icon}} [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/politica/Traian_Basescu_a_fost_suspendat-_Reactii_0_731927143.html "Traian Băsescu a fost suspendat. Antonescu le cere românilor şi instituţiilor să-şi desfăşoare activitatea normal" ("Traian Băsescu Suspended. Antonescu Asks Romanians and Institutions to Undertake Normal Activity")], ''Adevărul'', 6 July 2012; accessed 5 August 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/ponta-referendum-conform-ccr-jumatate-din-populatie-trebuie-sa-mearga-la-vot-991570.html "Ponta: Referendum conform CCR. Jumătate din populaţie trebuie să meargă la vot pentru ca referendumul să fie valid" ("Ponta: Referendum According to Constitutional Court. Half the People Must Vote for Referendum to be Valid")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 12 July 2012; accessed 5 August 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} Mariana Bechir, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/politica/Premierul_Victor_Ponta_sustine_o_conferinta_de_presa_la_Palatul_Victoria_0_759524273.html "Primele declaraţii ale lui Victor Ponta după invalidarea referendumului" ("Victor Ponta's First Declarations after Referendum Is Invalidated")], ''Adevărul'', 21 August 2012; accessed 27 August 2012</ref> Following the USL victory at the [[Romanian legislative election, 2012|December 2012 parliamentary election]],<ref>{{ro icon}} Carmen Vintilă, Alexandra Postelnicu, [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/rezultate-finale-alegeri-parlamentare-2012-usl-60-ard-16-1015412.html "Rezultate finale alegeri parlamentare 2012" ("Parliamentary Elections 2012: Final Results")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 11 December 2012; accessed 18 December 2012</ref> including Ponta winning 61% of the vote in his own seat, where he was challenged by [[Dan Diaconescu]],<ref>{{ro icon}} [http://jurnalul.ro/stiri/politica/dan-diaconescu-n-are-loc-in-parlament-liderul-pp-dd-surclasat-de-ponta-631201.html "Dan Diaconescu n-are loc în Parlament! Liderul PP-DD, surclasat de Ponta" ("Dan Diaconescu Has No Seat in Parliament! PP-DD Leader, Beaten by Ponta")], ''Jurnalul Naţional'', 10 December 2012; accessed 18 December 2012</ref> Băsescu named Ponta to another term as premier.<ref>{{ro icon}} Andreea Udrea, [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/consultarile-s-au-incheiat-surse-apropiate-palatului-cotroceni-victor-ponta-va-fi-desemn-1016123.html "Victor Ponta a fost desemnat oficial premier" ("Victor Ponta Officially Designated Premier")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 17 December 2012; accessed 18 December 2012</ref> According to an [[opinion poll]] conducted by Geopol during 18 to 25 February 2013, 34% of Romanians are dissatisfied with his governance, and 45% are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with the activity of Ponta Government.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.ziare.com/victor-ponta/guvern/unul-din-trei-romani-e-nemultumit-de-guvernarea-ponta-sondaj-geopol-1222414 |title=Unul din trei români e nemulțumit de guvernarea Ponta - sondaj GeoPOL |work=Ziare.com |date=March 5, 2013}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.revista22.ro/sondaj-geopol-unul-din-trei-romani-e-nemultumit-de-guvernarea-ponta-23078.html |title=SONDAJ GeoPOL: Unul din trei români e NEMULȚUMIT de guvernarea Ponta |work=Revista22 |date=Marrch 5, 2013}}</ref>
   
====Plagiarism controversy====
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====Plagiarism====
 
A month into his term as premier, an article published in ''[[Nature (journal)|Nature]]'' reported that an anonymous source had charged Ponta with [[Plagiarism|plagiarizing]] over half his doctoral [[thesis]],<ref>{{ro icon}} Liviu Avram, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/politica/Dottore_Ponta-acuzat_de_plagiat_0_721128248.html "Dottore Ponta, acuzat de plagiat" ("Dottore Ponta, Accused of Plagiarism")], ''Adevărul'', 19 June 2012; accessed 19 June 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} Ioana Oancea, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/politica/Victor_Ponta-Basescu-acuzatii-Dottore-plagiat-Funeriu-Nature-teza_de_doctorat_0_721727895.html "Victor Ponta nu demisionează: Băsescu se află în spatele acuzaţiilor de plagiat. Cine îmi spunea 'Dottore' în urmă cu o săptămână?" ("Victor Ponta Will Not Resign: Băsescu Is behind the Plagiarism Accusations. Who Called Me 'Dottore' a Week Ago?")], ''Adevărul'', 19 June 2012; accessed 19 June 2012</ref> claims that were later reiterated by the ''[[Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung]]''.<ref name="razboi">{{ro icon}} Mircea Marian, Dan Istratie, Cristina Botezatu, [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/revista-nature-a-scris-in-editia-online-ca-victor-ponta-este-acuzat-de-987527.html "Victor Ponta, acuzat de plagiat. Premierul invocă un război politic" ("Victor Ponta, Accused of Plagiarism. The Premier Blames a Political Struggle")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 19 June 2012; accessed 23 June 2012</ref> Ponta admitted that the referencing system used by his thesis did not provide clear attribution of its sources, but rejected the allegations of plagiarism.<ref>{{ro icon}} Sorina Ionaşc, [http://www.gandul.info/politica/victor-ponta-a-plagiat-din-greseala-sigur-ca-m-am-inspirat-din-aceste-carti-dar-nu-se-poate-vorbi-de-o-intentie-de-a-plagia-9760116 "Victor Ponta a plagiat 'din greşeală'" ("Victor Ponta Plagiarized 'By Mistake'")], ''Gândul'', 19 June 2012; accessed 20 June 2012</ref><ref name="razboi"/> Dumitru Diaconu, a law professor and author supposedly plagiarised by Ponta's thesis, and who also authored a foreword for the published edition of the thesis, declared he was not aware of plagiarism and did not intend to pursue the accusations.<ref>{{ro icon}} [http://www.romanialibera.ro/actualitate/eveniment/autorul-uneia-din-cartile-pe-care-le-ar-fi-plagiat-ponta-spune-ca-nu-va-sesiza-consiliul-national-de-etica-268008.html "Autorul uneia din cărţile pe care le-ar fi plagiat Ponta spune că nu va sesiza Consiliul Naţional de Etică" )"Author of One of the Books Allegedly Plagiarized by Ponta Will Not Notify the National Ethics Council")], ''[[România Liberă]]'', 19 June 2012; accessed 28 June 2012</ref> A session of a committee charged with validating academic titles analyzed the thesis and decided with a unanimous vote of members present that Ponta had committed [[Cut, copy, and paste|copy and paste]] plagiarism, subsequently requesting the withdrawal of Ponta's doctoral title. In response, the interim [[Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport (Romania)|Education Minister]] contested the committee's jurisdiction and dismissed the findings, citing the lack of a quorum. The minister had already signed an order reorganizing the committee the previous day, but, due to technical reasons, the order came into effect during the very session analyzing the thesis.<ref>{{ro icon}} Maria Apostol, Mariana Bechir, Raluca Sofronie, [http://www.adevarul.ro/locale/bucuresti/bucuresti-victor_ponta_plagiat-el_pais-comisie_ministerul_educatiei_plagiat_ponta-ponta_demisie_plagiat_0_727727275.html "Consiliul care a verificat teza de doctorat a premierului Ponta: Este un plagiat de tip copy paste" ("Committee That Verified Ponta's Doctoral Thesis: It Is Copy-Paste Plagiarism")], ''Adevărul'', 29 June 2012; accessed 29 June 2012</ref>
 
A month into his term as premier, an article published in ''[[Nature (journal)|Nature]]'' reported that an anonymous source had charged Ponta with [[Plagiarism|plagiarizing]] over half his doctoral [[thesis]],<ref>{{ro icon}} Liviu Avram, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/politica/Dottore_Ponta-acuzat_de_plagiat_0_721128248.html "Dottore Ponta, acuzat de plagiat" ("Dottore Ponta, Accused of Plagiarism")], ''Adevărul'', 19 June 2012; accessed 19 June 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} Ioana Oancea, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/politica/Victor_Ponta-Basescu-acuzatii-Dottore-plagiat-Funeriu-Nature-teza_de_doctorat_0_721727895.html "Victor Ponta nu demisionează: Băsescu se află în spatele acuzaţiilor de plagiat. Cine îmi spunea 'Dottore' în urmă cu o săptămână?" ("Victor Ponta Will Not Resign: Băsescu Is behind the Plagiarism Accusations. Who Called Me 'Dottore' a Week Ago?")], ''Adevărul'', 19 June 2012; accessed 19 June 2012</ref> claims that were later reiterated by the ''[[Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung]]''.<ref name="razboi">{{ro icon}} Mircea Marian, Dan Istratie, Cristina Botezatu, [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/revista-nature-a-scris-in-editia-online-ca-victor-ponta-este-acuzat-de-987527.html "Victor Ponta, acuzat de plagiat. Premierul invocă un război politic" ("Victor Ponta, Accused of Plagiarism. The Premier Blames a Political Struggle")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 19 June 2012; accessed 23 June 2012</ref> Ponta admitted that the referencing system used by his thesis did not provide clear attribution of its sources, but rejected the allegations of plagiarism.<ref>{{ro icon}} Sorina Ionaşc, [http://www.gandul.info/politica/victor-ponta-a-plagiat-din-greseala-sigur-ca-m-am-inspirat-din-aceste-carti-dar-nu-se-poate-vorbi-de-o-intentie-de-a-plagia-9760116 "Victor Ponta a plagiat 'din greşeală'" ("Victor Ponta Plagiarized 'By Mistake'")], ''Gândul'', 19 June 2012; accessed 20 June 2012</ref><ref name="razboi"/> Dumitru Diaconu, a law professor and author supposedly plagiarised by Ponta's thesis, and who also authored a foreword for the published edition of the thesis, declared he was not aware of plagiarism and did not intend to pursue the accusations.<ref>{{ro icon}} [http://www.romanialibera.ro/actualitate/eveniment/autorul-uneia-din-cartile-pe-care-le-ar-fi-plagiat-ponta-spune-ca-nu-va-sesiza-consiliul-national-de-etica-268008.html "Autorul uneia din cărţile pe care le-ar fi plagiat Ponta spune că nu va sesiza Consiliul Naţional de Etică" )"Author of One of the Books Allegedly Plagiarized by Ponta Will Not Notify the National Ethics Council")], ''[[România Liberă]]'', 19 June 2012; accessed 28 June 2012</ref> A session of a committee charged with validating academic titles analyzed the thesis and decided with a unanimous vote of members present that Ponta had committed [[Cut, copy, and paste|copy and paste]] plagiarism, subsequently requesting the withdrawal of Ponta's doctoral title. In response, the interim [[Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport (Romania)|Education Minister]] contested the committee's jurisdiction and dismissed the findings, citing the lack of a quorum. The minister had already signed an order reorganizing the committee the previous day, but, due to technical reasons, the order came into effect during the very session analyzing the thesis.<ref>{{ro icon}} Maria Apostol, Mariana Bechir, Raluca Sofronie, [http://www.adevarul.ro/locale/bucuresti/bucuresti-victor_ponta_plagiat-el_pais-comisie_ministerul_educatiei_plagiat_ponta-ponta_demisie_plagiat_0_727727275.html "Consiliul care a verificat teza de doctorat a premierului Ponta: Este un plagiat de tip copy paste" ("Committee That Verified Ponta's Doctoral Thesis: It Is Copy-Paste Plagiarism")], ''Adevărul'', 29 June 2012; accessed 29 June 2012</ref>
   
Another committee, subordinated to the Education Ministry, later found that Ponta did not commit plagiarism.<ref>{{ro icon}} Raluca Sofronie, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/Comisia_din_subordinea_lui_Ponta_a_decis-_nu_a_plagiat_0_739726382.html "Comisia din subordinea lui Ponta a decis: nu a plagiat" ("Committee Subordinate to Ponta Decides: He Did Not Plagiarize")], ''Adevărul'', 19 July 2012; accessed 19 July 2012</ref> A third committee, convoked by the University of Bucharest and consisting of ten members, each from a different department, unanimously found that Ponta had indeed deliberately plagiarized at least a third of his thesis. Ponta replied that the committee was an "ad-hoc" one designed especially for him, and that the decision was a "political" one.<ref>{{ro icon}} Raluca Sofronie, Ioana Oancea, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/Universitatea_Bucuresti_prezinta_azi_verdictul_comisiei_sale_in_cazul_doctoratului_lui_Ponta_0_740326049.html "Universitatea Bucureşti: Victor Ponta a plagiat şi a plagiat intenţionat" ("University of Bucharest" Victor Ponta Plagiarized and Did so Intentionally")], ''Adevărul'', 20 July 2012; accessed 20 July 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} Raluca Sofronie, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/eveniment/Cine_sunt_membrii_Comisiei_de_Etica_a_Universitatii_Bucuresti_care_au_decis_ca_Victor_Ponta_a_plagiat_0_740326157.html "Cine sunt membrii Comisiei de Etică a Universităţii Bucureşti care au decis că Victor Ponta a plagiat" ("These Are the Members of the Ethics Committee of the University of Bucharest Who Decided that Ponta Plagiarized")], ''Adevărul'', 20 July 2012; accessed 20 July 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} Cristina Olivia Moldovan, [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/verdictul-final-al-universitatii-din-bucuresti-992727.html "Comisia de Etică a decis: Victor Ponta a plagiat în lucrarea de doctorat" ("Ethics Committee Rules: Victor Ponta Plagiarized in Doctorate")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 20 July 2012; accessed 20 July 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} Carmen Vintilă, [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/victor-ponta-despre-plagiat-decizia-universitatii-este-una-politica-992805.html "Premierul Victor Ponta, despre verdictul de plagiat: Decizia Universității este una 'politică'" ("Premier Victor Ponta, about Plagiarism Verdict: University's Decision is 'Political'")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 20 July 2012; accessed 20 July 2012</ref> Until the controversy began and his official [[curriculum vitae]] was modified, he claimed in the document to have received a master's degree in International Criminal Law from the [[University of Catania]] in 2000. That institution's rector replied to an enquiry by stating an internal verification had revealed Ponta was never at the University of Catania. In turn, Ponta stated that he took a course there and received a diploma.<ref>{{ro icon}} Mariana Bechir, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/Victor_Ponta_si-a_falsificat_CV-ul-_Nu_a_facut_niciun_master_la_Universitatea_Catania_0_730727154.html "Premierul şi-a falsificat CV-ul" ("The Premier Falsified His CV")], ''Adevărul'', 4 July 2012; accessed 4 July 2012</ref>
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Another committee, subordinated to the Education Ministry, later found that Ponta did not commit plagiarism.<ref>{{ro icon}} Raluca Sofronie, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/Comisia_din_subordinea_lui_Ponta_a_decis-_nu_a_plagiat_0_739726382.html "Comisia din subordinea lui Ponta a decis: nu a plagiat" ("Committee Subordinate to Ponta Decides: He Did Not Plagiarize")], ''Adevărul'', 19 July 2012; accessed 19 July 2012</ref> A third committee, convoked by the University of Bucharest and consisting of ten members, each from a different department, unanimously found that Ponta had indeed deliberately plagiarized at least a third of his thesis. Ponta replied that the committee was an "ad-hoc" one designed especially for him, and that the decision was a "political" one.<ref>{{ro icon}} Raluca Sofronie, Ioana Oancea, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/Universitatea_Bucuresti_prezinta_azi_verdictul_comisiei_sale_in_cazul_doctoratului_lui_Ponta_0_740326049.html "Universitatea Bucureşti: Victor Ponta a plagiat şi a plagiat intenţionat" ("University of Bucharest" Victor Ponta Plagiarized and Did so Intentionally")], ''Adevărul'', 20 July 2012; accessed 20 July 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} Raluca Sofronie, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/eveniment/Cine_sunt_membrii_Comisiei_de_Etica_a_Universitatii_Bucuresti_care_au_decis_ca_Victor_Ponta_a_plagiat_0_740326157.html "Cine sunt membrii Comisiei de Etică a Universităţii Bucureşti care au decis că Victor Ponta a plagiat" ("These Are the Members of the Ethics Committee of the University of Bucharest Who Decided that Ponta Plagiarized")], ''Adevărul'', 20 July 2012; accessed 20 July 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} Cristina Olivia Moldovan, [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/verdictul-final-al-universitatii-din-bucuresti-992727.html "Comisia de Etică a decis: Victor Ponta a plagiat în lucrarea de doctorat" ("Ethics Committee Rules: Victor Ponta Plagiarized in Doctorate")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 20 July 2012; accessed 20 July 2012</ref><ref>{{ro icon}} Carmen Vintilă, [http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/victor-ponta-despre-plagiat-decizia-universitatii-este-una-politica-992805.html "Premierul Victor Ponta, despre verdictul de plagiat: Decizia Universității este una 'politică'" ("Premier Victor Ponta, about Plagiarism Verdict: University's Decision is 'Political'")], ''Evenimentul Zilei'', 20 July 2012; accessed 20 July 2012</ref> Until the facts have been revealed and his official [[curriculum vitae]] was modified, he claimed in the document to have received a master's degree in International Criminal Law from the [[University of Catania]] in 2000. That institution's rector replied to an enquiry by stating an internal verification had revealed Ponta was never at the University of Catania. In turn, Ponta stated that he took a course there and received a diploma.<ref>{{ro icon}} Mariana Bechir, [http://www.adevarul.ro/actualitate/Victor_Ponta_si-a_falsificat_CV-ul-_Nu_a_facut_niciun_master_la_Universitatea_Catania_0_730727154.html "Premierul şi-a falsificat CV-ul" ("The Premier Falsified His CV")], ''Adevărul'', 4 July 2012; accessed 4 July 2012</ref>
   
 
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