Romanian PM calls for repeal of corruption decree

Following widespread demonstrations across Romania, the country’s prime minister called Saturday for the repeal of a decree decriminalizing official misconduct.

“Tomorrow [Sunday], we will hold a government [cabinet] meeting to repeal this decree,” Sorin Grindeanu said in a televised statement Saturday evening. “I do not want to divide Romania. It can’t be divided in two.”

The decision came in response to the largest protests to occur in the country since the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, with more than 140,000 people demonstrating since the decree was announced Wednesday. The prime minister had said earlier in the week that he would not repeal the order.

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