Thousands of protesters returned to the streets in Romania although the government had caved in to public pressure and scrapped a decree that would have shielded dozens of officials from prosecution on corruption charges.
Liviu Dragnea has appeared before Romanian prosecutors amid claims he illicitly obtained EU funds. His party's attempts this year to decriminalize graft offenses led to Romania's biggest protests since the communist era.
Rallies in Bucharest and other cities have taken aim at a law that will weaken efforts to root out corruption. The government says a new law will prevent the judiciary from pursuing a politically motivated agenda.
The government in Bucharest wants to change the country's justice system and is also planning tax reforms. Civil society, opposition parties, unions and employers' associations are up in arms.
A reshuffle of Romania’s cabinet is due Friday after the forced departure of two ministers facing anti-corruption probes. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has wrested backing from his Social Democrats for the shakeup.
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