A former foreign minister has left the Social Democratic Party days after quitting a party leadership contest, alleging his colleagues spied on him in a blackmail attempt.
Cristian Diaconescu left the party late Wednesday and aligned himself with a group of lawmakers who support President Traian Basescu.
Diaconescu demanded that authorities investigate the alleged spying. He said it took before last weekend's party leadership elections. Diaconescu withdrew before the vote.
Diaconescu was Romania's foreign minister in 2009. He also served briefly as justice minister in 2004.