Cor­rup­tion de­cree dropped af­ter protests

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Ro­ma­nia’s prime min­is­ter said on Satur­day that he was scrap­ping a de­cree that would have shielded dozens of politi­cians from pros­e­cu­tion for cor­rup­tion, bow­ing to mas­sive protests.

Sorin Grindeanu said the de­cree, which the gov­ern­ment said was in­tended to re­lieve pres­sure on pris­ons, would be re­pealed Sun­day, five days af­ter it was ap­proved by the cabi­net.

The de­cree would have ex­empted abuse-of-power of­fenses in­volv­ing sums less than $48,000 from pros­e­cu­tion — shield­ing hun­dreds of of­fi­cials from po­ten­tial charges. The mea­sure could have put an end to the on­go­ing trial of the head of the rul­ing So­cial Democrats, Liviu Drag­nea.

Protests in about 70 cities na­tion­wide at­tracted a to­tal of about 330,000 peo­ple, po­lice said. Larger protests were re­port­edly planned for Sun­day.

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