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Romania withdraws amendment pardoning corrupt officials

Demonstrators force Senate committee to change vote on amendment to pardon officials convicted of corruption.

A Romanian Senate committee has caved under public pressure and cancelled proposed legislation aimed at pardoning officials convicted of corruption. 

The amendment was designed to allow convicted government officials to walk free or have their jail sentences significantly reduced.

About 2,000 people demonstrated in Bucharest, the capital, and other cities on Wednesday after the Senate committee passed the amendment to a draft bill that would have cleared the convicted officials.

They chanted “Romania demands no pardon” and “If you don’t back down, we’re coming for you.”

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