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Romania PM defends decriminalising corruption despite protests

BUCHAREST: Romania's prime minister insisted on Thursday that the government will press ahead with decrees decriminalising certain corruption offences, defying the country's biggest protests since the end of communism. "We took a decision in the government and we are going to press ahead," Sorin Grindeanu said after a meeting in Bucharest of his ruling left-wing Social Democrats (PSD). In the largest demonstrations since the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, as many as 300,000 people, according to media reports,…

Muslim woman tipped to be the next Prime Minister of Romania

BUCHAREST: Romania's Social Democrat Party (PSD) proposed a leftist woman from the country's tiny Muslim minority as prime minister on Wednesday. Sevil Shhaideh, 52 who must be approved by President Klaus Iohannis and then get a parliamentary vote of confidence, has served under a previous leftist-led government as regional development minister. The PSD won the Dec. 11 general election and, with its junior coalition partner and long-time ally ALDE, has an outright majority in parliament of 250 MPs in the 465-seat,…