February 23, 2018 / 12:29 PM / 3 months ago

Romania's president expresses support for anti-graft chief

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis on Friday expressed support for the country’s chief anti-corruption prosecutor, saying he had seen no evidence to justify a request by the justice minister to sack her.

Romania's President Klaus Werner Iohannis delivers a speech during a joint news conference alongside Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Bucharest, Romania, January 16, 2018. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader called on Thursday for Laura Codruta Kovesi to be dismissed for “excess of authority”, triggering street protests and potentially destabilising a crackdown on graft.

Additional reporting by Luiza Ilie; editing by John Stonestreet

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