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Sorin Grindeanu said the decree, which the government said was intended to relieve pressure on prisons, would be repealed Sunday, five days after it was approved by the cabinet.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