The Romanian government has said it will repeal an emergency decree that decriminalizes official misconduct. The reversal came after a fifth day of massive demonstrations in the capital Bucharest.
Thousands of people have marched across Romania to protest against plans to reduce the powers of the anti-corruption body. It is the second time this year that attempts to reform graft laws have provoked protests.
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.
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.
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