People wave flags during a protest in front of the government headquarters in Bucharest against controversial decrees to pardon corrupt politicians and decriminalize other offenses on February 1, 2017. / AFP / DANIEL MIHAILESCU
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A Romanian cabinet minister resigned Thursday over a government decree that could effectively amnesty dozens of officials accused of corruption, a move that has triggered countrywide protests.More than 250,000 Romanians came out in protest late Wednesday, in the biggest anti-corruption demonstration since the fall of communism in Romania in 1989 .The decree, which decriminalizes a number of graft offences, was hastily adopted by the cabinet late Tuesday evening, barely a month since the Social Democrat-led government of Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu took power.Romania's top judicial watchdog has filed a constitutional court challenge to the decree, which will take effect in 10 days unless blocked by a court ruling.
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