Ro­ma­nia protests en­dure as pres­i­dent says coun­try in cri­sis

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

BUCHAREST, Ro­ma­nia — Ro­ma­nia’s pres­i­dent told law­mak­ers Tues­day that the coun­try is in a “fully-fledged” po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, af­ter hun­dreds of thou­sands demon­strated against a gov­ern­ment mea­sure that would weaken the coun­try’s anti-cor­rup­tion drive.

In an ad­dress to Par­lia­ment, Pres­i­dent Klaus Io­han­nis, a critic of the two-month-old gov­ern­ment, said the ma­jor­ity of Ro­ma­ni­ans now be­lieved the coun­try was go­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion.

“Ro­ma­nia needs a gov­ern­ment that is trans­par­ent, which gov­erns pre­dictably by the light of day, not sneak­ily at night,” the pres­i­dent said.

The move — which by­passed Par­lia­ment and was not signed off by Io­han­nis, who has lim­ited pow­ers — ig­nited the big­gest protests seen since com­mu­nism ended in the coun­try in 1989.

Thou­sands gath­ered for the eighth con­sec­u­tive evening in Vic­tory Square out­side the gov­ern­ment of­fices, shout­ing “So­cial Demo­cratic Party, the red plague!” and “Re­sign!” In smaller numbers, about 2,000 pro­test­ers gath­ered out­side the pres­i­den­tial palace yelling “Get out, you traitor!”

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