Romania's left-wing government survives no-confidence vote

Romania's left-wing government has easily survived a vote of no confidence brought by the opposition Liberal Party over its "populist and chaotic" economic measures.

Some 159 lawmakers voted for the motion Thursday, short of the 233 votes needed.

As lawmakers debated, around 2,000 people protested outside the parliament building, shouting "Justice, not corruption!"

In recent weeks Romanians have protested a government decision to shift social security payments from the employer to the employee. The government says that will boost revenue.

People have also demonstrated against the Social Democratic Party's plans to revamp the justice system, which critics say will dent efforts to root out high-level corruption.

This week, prosecutors froze the assets of party leader Liviu Dragnea and four others amid an investigation into the misuse of European Union funds.