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BUCHAREST, July 9, 2018 (News Wires) - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis signed on Monday a decree to remove chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi from post following a constitutional court ruling in May.

"Constitutional court rulings must be obeyed in a state that respects rule of law. The president issued the decree to remove chief prosecutor from post," presidency spokeswoman Madalina Dobrovolschi said.

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader called for Kovesi's dismissal in February, saying she had exceeded her authority and damaged the country's image abroad. His request drew thousands of anti-graft protesters onto the streets.

The country's judicial watchdog had said the request was unfounded and Iohannis rejected it, prompting the government to ask the top court to decide whether his rejection had created an institutional conflict.

BUCHAREST, Romania, July 1, 2018 (News Wires) — Romanian authorities say at least three people have died and hundreds have been rescued after thunderstorms and heavy rains swept across the country, creating flash floods.

The Interior Ministry said Sunday that 760 people had been rescued or evacuated from flooded areas and it had 20,000 emergency workers working on rescue efforts.

A man crossing a river on horseback in southern Romania drowned Sunday after he was swept away. A 70-year-old woman drowned Saturday in eastern Romania after being swept away by floodwaters, and a man picking vegetables also drowned.

Authorities said five national highways were flooded and rail traffic was interrupted in central Romania.

Several power outages were reported and authorities were keeping an eye on rising waters in two rivers in northern Romania.

BUCHAREST, Romania, June 23, 2018 (News Wires) - Romania's president says he will seek a new term in office, pledging to fight corruption after the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party was convicted for abuse of power in office.

President Klaus Iohannis said on Saturday he decided to make the announcement after Social Democratic leader Liviu Dragnea was given a 3½-year jail sentence this week.

After the sentencing, the Social Democrats reiterated their support for Dragnea, saying he should be considered innocent pending a final verdict.

BUCHAREST, Romania, June 22, 2018 (News Wires) - Leaders of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party are rallying around their powerful leader after he was handed a 3½-year jail sentence for abuse of office.

Regional bosses sent messages of support for Liviu Dragnea Friday, saying he should be considered innocent pending a final verdict.

Dragnea, who hasn't been seen in public for days, denies wrongdoing. He can appeal Thursday's ruling.

After his conviction, thousands resumed anti-corruption protests and there were also celebrations. In some neighborhoods people cheered, while cars honked their horns in downtown Bucharest as the sentence was pronounced after hours of deliberation.

The High Court of Cassation and Justice found Dragnea guilty of intervening to keep two party members on the payroll of a public family welfare agency.

The party meets later to discuss its future in the wake of his conviction.

 

CAIRO, June 12, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) signed contracts on Tuesday to import 420,000 tons of wheat from Russia and Romania.

Upon an international bid held earlier in the day, Egypt will import 300,00 tons of wheat from Russia and 120,000 tons from Romania, GASC deputy head Ahmed Youssef told MENA.

The imported wheat is expected to be shipped between July 15 to 25, he added.

BUCHAREST, Romania, May 31, 2018 (New Wires) — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Romania and Lithuania allowed the detention and abuse of a Saudi and a Palestinian at secret U.S. prisons.

The Strasbourg-based court said Thursday that Abd al-Rahim Al Nashiri, a Saudi national later sent to Guantanamo Bay, was detained and abused in Romania between Sept. 2003 and Oct. 2005, and urged Romania to investigate and punish perpetrators. Romania denies hosting such CIA facilities.

The court said Lithuania hosted a secret CIA detention facility from February 2005 to March 2006 where Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian suspected of being a planner for the Sept. 11 attacks, was detained.

Al Nashiri’s lawyer Amrit Singh, called the ruling “a sharp rebuke to Romania’s shameful attempts” to conceal its hosting of a secret CIA prison.

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