“If Romania is split into two parts”: the government has cancelled the controversial decree

The Romanian government at the special meeting of February 5, has cancelled the controversial decree freeing from criminal responsibility of officials for corruption, with damage less than 200 thousand lei (us$47.5).

On the eve of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said: “We will hold an emergency meeting of the government to cancel this decision. I don’t want to split Romania. At present, Romania, like, split into two parts, and that’s the last thing I want.”

He promised to find a legal procedure to act has not come into force. When the Prime Minister made this statement in front of the government building gathered to 160 thousand people.

The protests against corruption (the largest since the fall of the Communist regime in 1989) went daily to tens of thousands of people in Romania (the maximum number
— 230 thousand people). In the beginning of the week even happened collision: after a peaceful demonstration at a square in the centre left radical activists and started throwing stones at police and flares. In response, the police used tear gas. Four people — two protesters and two policemen received minor injuries.

The authorities explained that the decree will help to deal with overcrowded prisons, opponents of the change have insisted that among the pardoned will be influential politicians. Among them — the Chairman of the ruling Social democratic party, the country’s Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea, sentenced probation in the case with loss of 24 thousand euros.