By The Associated Press
BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania's interior minister says 9,000 jobs will be cut as part of government reforms to clean up corruption and improve efficiency in the ministry.
Traian Igas said Wednesday the layoffs scheduled for 2011 would start with incompetent employees and those under criminal investigation.
The ministry has 160,000 employees. It hired 50,000 new people from 2004 to 2009.
Romanian authorities have recently arrested 180 customs officials and border police, accused of turning a blind eye to cigarette smuggling.