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Thousands in Romania fire protest

Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 00:45

More than 20, 000 join a protest in the Romanian capital to demand changes after a deadly fire swept through a night club. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Over 20,000 people protested on the streets of Bucharest on Wednesday night (November 4), calling for an end to corruption after a deadly night club fire that killed 32 people. The country's Prime Minister Victor Ponta quit earlier in the day in a surprise move that will probably produce a new cabinet led by a technocrat. Protesters, out on the streets for a second night, said the government's resignation should be just the beginning of reforming a political class and public administration widely seen as corrupt. Ponta, facing trial for corruption, had ignored prior calls to step down after being indicted in September for forgery, money laundering and being an accessory to tax evasion during his time as a lawyer. He is likely to face his first court hearings later in November His departure might lead to a political realignment, although the coalition of three mainly leftist parties that form a majority in parliament showed no signs of a split. A national election is due in December 2016. A fire at a rock concert in Colectiv night club on Friday (November 1) that killed 32 people and injured nearly 200 has angered people and made them distrustful of public administration oversight, setting off the nationwide protests. Early elections appear unlikely, but still possible. They can only be triggered if parliament rejected two prime ministerial nominations in confidence votes within 60 days of the first one. No such snap poll has been held since the 1989 fall of communism.

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Thousands in Romania fire protest

Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 00:45