Victor Ponta copied parts of his doctoral thesis from two law scholars, claims scientific journal
A scientific journal has claimed that Romania's new prime minister has copied large swaths of his doctoral thesis without proper attribution.
Nature said in a press release it had seen documents that indicated that more than half of Victor Ponta's 432-page thesis on the international criminal court was plagiarised from a work of two Romanian law scholars.
The state news agency, Agerpres, said Ponta denies the allegation and is offering to submit his work to "any kind of test". Ponta accused the Romanian president, Traian Basescu, a bitter political rival, of orchestrating the attack.
Ponta became prime minister on 7 May after the previous government was ousted after losing a confidence vote. Two of his appointments for education minister stepped down after they were accused of plagiarism