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Romania: government faces no-confidence vote


              Protesters are cordoned in front of the government building in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Romania's president Klaus Ioh...

              A anti-government protester holds a poster depicting the leader of the ruling Social Democratic party Liviu Dragnea in Bucharest, Roman...

              A pro-government demonstrator holds bag of chips while shouting slogans against Romanian President Klaus Iohannis during a protest outs...

              A pro-government demonstrator holds a cardboard cross with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis name on it during a protest outside the R...

Protesters are cordoned in front of the government building in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Romania's president Klaus Ioh...

A anti-government protester holds a poster depicting the leader of the ruling Social Democratic party Liviu Dragnea in Bucharest, Roman...

A pro-government demonstrator holds bag of chips while shouting slogans against Romanian President Klaus Iohannis during a protest outs...

A pro-government demonstrator holds a cardboard cross with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis name on it during a protest outside the R...

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's center-left government faces a vote of no-confidence over a measure to decriminalize official misconduct, a proposal that sent hundreds of thousands on the streets in protest.

The government of Premier Sorin Grindeanu is expected to survive the vote Wednesday as the Social Democratic Party and its junior partner, the Alliance of Democratic Liberals, have a majority in Parliament.

Last week, the government bypassed parliament and enacted an emergency ordinance which decriminalized some forms of official corruption. Critics said it would benefit senior officials facing corruption charges.

The massive protests were the largest seen since communism collapsed in Romania in 1989. As a result, the government will now seek to introduce the plan in Parliament.

President Klaus Iohannis says the country is in a "fully fledged" political crisis.


Updated : 2021-10-26 05:22 GMT+08:00