Corruption is a huge problem in Romania. When the government planned a decree watering down anti-graft legislation, mass street protests forced it to back down. Now Romanians will have their say in a national referendum on anti-corruption reforms.
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.
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.
Romania's parliament has dismissed Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu after his party submitted a no-confidence vote. The party has said Grindeanu lost their support for failing to implement its reform program.
Romania's leftist government has adopted an emergency law to decriminalize abuse of power crimes and corruption offences. Protests erupted late Tuesday in cities across the country after the government's announcement.
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