Romania's Social Democrat-led government easily survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Wednesday, three days after mass street protests forced it into an embarrassing U-turn over a graft decree. Rosanna Philpott reports.
Romania's government easily surviving a no-confidence vote on Wednesday, in the latest backlash against a corruption decree that would have decriminalised some graft offences, and allowed some officials to escape punishment. It had very little chance of passing - the leading Social Democrat party holds nearly two thirds of the seats in parliament, all of whom abstained from the vote. But outside the din was impossible to drown out, 250 thousand Romanians gathering in Bucharest for a week of anti-corruption protests and more demonstrations are planned. They say they'll keep coming back until the Prime Minister resigns. On Tuesday (February 8) president Klaus Iohannis blasting the social democrats for their 'kamikaze' governance. They've already been forced to abolish the decree in an embarrassing U-turn. But the Prime Minister promises a new legslation, which many fear will contain some of the same elements. The original decree was seen by some as the biggest retreat on reforms since the country joined the European Union ten years ago.