Anti-government protesters light the flashes of their mobile phones during a march in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, March 5, 2017.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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A lawmaker from Romania's ruling Social Democrats proposed extending a draft bill granting prison pardons to include corruption offences, weeks after protests forced the government to abandon plans to decriminalise some graft charges.The government says the bill is needed to ease pressure on the European Union state's overcrowded prisons -- something echoed by Nicolae.Nicolae said roughly 2,700 people would benefit from the bill, just under 10 percent of all of Romania's convicts.The ruling party later said it did not back the lawmaker's proposal.
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