Romanian government to repeal decree decriminalizing official misconduct

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Publication Date 04/02/2017
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Romania's Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu announced on the 4 February 2017 that the government would withdraw the corruption decree that had sparked the country's biggest protests since the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989.

Thousands of people had taken to the streets of Romania on the 4 February 2017 for the fifth day in a row in protest of a decree that decriminalised official misconduct.

The emergency decree was repealed on the 5 February 2016 but protests continued calling on the newly elected government under Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu to resign.

Commentary articles on the protests and their significance for Romania can be found here.

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