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BUCHAREST, Romania – The chairman of Romania's governing party has suggested that the government could back down in the face of massive protests against an ordinance which would decriminalize official misconduct.
In the first concession floated by the center-left government since the crisis broke out last month, party chairman Liviu Dragnea said Saturday in an interview with DC News he would meet Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu to "propose a solution."
Dragnea says, "we can possibly talking about repealing the decree if the prime minister agrees." Dragnea controls the government, and his comments suggest the matter has already been decided.
On Saturday, thousands of Romanians took to the streets for a fifth consecutive day to protest the decree that waters down the country's anti-corruption fight, sparking condemnation at home and abroad