Romania's Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu leaves a meeting of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) at the parliament in Bucharest, Romania, February 6, 2017. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS
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Romania's leftist-led government, in power barely a month, rejected calls Monday to resign after mass street protests forced it to scrap a decree on corruption, but there was confusion over its plans to rewrite the criminal code.Following the largest protests since the fall of communism in 1989, the Social Democrat-led government Sunday rescinded the decree, which would have shielded dozens of politicians from prosecution.Critics said the decree would have turned the clock back decades on the anti-corruption fight in Romania, one of the poorest, most graft-prone member states in the EU.Political analysts said the government now faced an uphill task restoring shattered public confidence, and even after its embarrassing U-turn, around 250,000 protesters chanted late Sunday: "We don't believe you, we won't give up". Some said they would protest daily until Parliament confirms the withdrawal of the decree, while others said only the government's resignation would satisfy them.
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