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Romania to scrap corruption decree after mass protests

The Romanian government will scrap a decree to decriminalise some corruption offences on Sunday, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said.

Mr Grindeanu said in a televised speech: "We'll hold an extraordinary meeting on Sunday to repeal the decree, withdrawn, cancel it ... you understand, and find a legal way to make sure it does not take effect."

Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu Credit: AP

The emergency measure was pushed through and published at 3am on Wednesday, and would decriminalise bribery in office and give amnesty to dozens of officials already accused of corruption.

The u-turn comes after a public backlash in which tens of thousands of people took to the streets in mass protests across the country.

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Protests as Romanian nightclub death toll rises

A protest in Bucharest last week Credit: Reuters

Protests have been held in Romania as the death toll rises from the nightclub fire.

Three more victims of the nightclub fire have died, bringing the total death toll from the blaze to 44.

The government resigned last week after thousands of protesters took to the streets to express their anger at the government, which many regard as corrupt.

The demonstrations have continued, with more protests held this weekend.

The fire at the Colectiv nightclub left 109 other people in hospital, 48 of them in a serious or critical condition.

The medical director of the state burns hospital, Cristian Nitescu said a man died late on Saturday.

Mediafax news agency reported two other patients died early on Sunday, including a Turkish man studying in Romania, and a woman who worked at the club's bar.

Death toll from Romanian nightclub fire rises to 32

Two women comfort each other after the tragedy. Credit: Reuters

The death toll from a nightclub fire in Romania is now 32 and could rise further, officials say.

Some 130 people remain in hospital, of whom 90 are in a critical or serious condition, medical authorities said.

A spark during a pyrotechnics show is believed to have ignited foam in the Colectiv basement club in Bucharest during a heavy metal gig last Friday.

A local journalist told ITV News the club only had two exits for panicked concert goers to escape the flames.

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