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Romania's court to rule on "graft offences" decree within 20 days

Romania's court to rule on "graft offences" decree within 20 daysRomania's Constitutional Court on Thursday said it has given the government, parliament and the country's magistrates until February 7 to file their arguments on a decree on graft offences that sparked protests by tens of thousands of people, according to Reuters.

A court spokesperson said that within 20 days of receiving the requested documents, the court would hold a session and rule on the constitutionality of the decree.

Earlier on Thursday Romanian President Klaus Iohannis had filed a challenge with the Constitutional Court to a government decree decriminalising some graft offenses and which has brought hundreds of thousands of Romanians out in protest.

"It is obviously a legal constitutional conflict between the government and the judicial system and parliament," Iohannis said in a televised news conference.

He called on the Social Democrat-led government to repeal the decree, adopted late on Tuesday and which will enter into force in a little over one week unless the Constitutional Court rules against it.

Romania's top judicial watchdog has also filed a court challenge to the decree.
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