Romania protests endure as president says country in crisis
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!”