Romanian Justice Minister resigns over controversial corruption reforms

Author : chirimia1916
Publish Date : 2021-03-29


Romanian Justice Minister resigns over controversial corruption reforms

Iordache's resignation comes after 10 days of widespread protests against the corruption reforms rocked the nation. The government repealed the decree earlier this week.

In a televised statement on Thursday, Iordache said: 'Ever since I came to the Justice Ministry, I planned and I also performed all legal procedures to correct a number of sensitive existing problems. As you've seen yourself, all my initiatives that I have assumed are legal and constitutional. The proposed projects have been out for public debate and now they are in parliamentarian debate.

'However, this wasn't enough for public opinion, so I have decided to resign from the post of Justice Minister.'



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On Thursday, Romania's Constitutional Court rejected complaints filed against the controversial decree as the law had been already repealed.

Earlier this week Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had asked Iordache to prepare a draft law similar to the controversial decree.

The decree would have decriminalized corruption that caused damage worth less than about $48,000 (200,000 lei).

It also would have halted all investigations for pending corruption offenses, prevented further cases related to these offenses to be brought into justice, and freed some officials imprisoned for corruption.

This could have benefited politicians such as Liviu Dragnea, president of the Social Democrat Party, which recently took power. Dragnea is under investigation over abuse of power allegations and had also previously received a two-year suspended sentence for an elections offense.

Demonstrations calling for the resignation of the entire Social Democrat-led government -- which introduced the measure -- are expected to continue this week.

Iordache's resignation comes after 10 days of widespread protests against the corruption reforms rocked the nation. The government repealed the decree earlier this week. Earlier this week Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had asked Iordache to prepare a draft law similar to the controversial decree. It also would have halted all investigations for pending corruption offenses, prevented further cases related to these offenses to be brought into justice, and freed some officials imprisoned for corruption. Earlier this week Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had asked Iordache to prepare a draft law similar to the controversial decree. It also would have halted all investigations for pending corruption offenses, prevented further cases related to these offenses to be brought into justice, and freed some officials imprisoned for corruption. This could have benefited politicians such as Liviu Dragnea, president of the Social Democrat Party, which recently took power. Dragnea is under investigation over abuse of power allegations and had also previously received a two-year suspended sentence for an elections offense. In a televised statement on Thursday, Iordache said: 'Ever since I came to the Justice Ministry, I planned and I also performed all legal procedures to correct a number of sensitive existing problems. As you've seen yourself, all my initiatives that I have assumed are legal and constitutional. The proposed projects have been out for public debate and now they are in parliamentarian debate. It also would have halted all investigations for pending corruption offenses, prevented further cases related to these offenses to be brought into justice, and freed some officials imprisoned for corruption. The decree would have decriminalized corruption that caused damage worth less than about $48,000 (200,000 lei). It also would have halted all investigations for pending corruption offenses, prevented further cases related to these offenses to be brought into justice, and freed some officials imprisoned for corruption. Demonstrations calling for the resignation of the entire Social Democrat-led government -- which introduced the measure -- are expected to continue this week. In a televised statement on Thursday, Iordache said: 'Ever since I came to the Justice Ministry, I planned and I also performed all legal procedures to correct a number of sensitive existing problems. As you've seen yourself, all my initiatives that I have assumed are legal and constitutional. The proposed projects have been out for public debate and now they are in parliamentarian debate. Iordache's resignation comes after 10 days of widespread protests against the corruption reforms rocked the nation. The government repealed the decree earlier this week. The decree would have decriminalized corruption that caused damage worth less than about $48,000 (200,000 lei). The decree would have decriminalized corruption that caused damage worth less than about $48,000 (200,000 lei). 'However, this wasn't enough for public opinion, so I have decided to resign from the post of Justice Minister.' 'However, this wasn't enough for public opinion, so I have decided to resign from the post of Justice Minister.' On Thursday, Romania's Constitutional Court rejected complaints filed against the controversial decree as the law had been already repealed. This could have benefited politicians such as Liviu Dragnea, president of the Social Democrat Party, which recently took power. Dragnea is under investigation over abuse of power allegations and had also previously received a two-year suspended sentence for an elections offense. Iordache's resignation comes after 10 days of widespread protests against the corruption reforms rocked the nation. The government repealed the decree earlier this week. On Thursday, Romania's Constitutional Court rejected complaints filed against the controversial decree as the law had been already repealed. Demonstrations calling for the resignation of the entire Social Democrat-led government -- which introduced the measure -- are expected to continue this week.

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