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România Liberâ - Romania | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Romanians anxious about corrupt politicians

In Romania, the public prosecutors are currently investigating mayors and local councillors who have been accused of corruption for years. The conservative daily România Liberă hopes the judiciary will be successful with its initiative: "The wave of criminal investigations and the harsh sentences against leading Romanian politicians are part of an unprecedented offensive by the third power in the state, the judiciary. ... In almost all districts, corruption has reached such proportions that to continue to ignore it would jeopardise national security. ... However surveys show that this initiative could mobilise the electorate - driving them to defend the local barons against the 'attacks of the investigators'. The ordinary people in the countryside don't understand that it is an act of justice to bring corrupt politicians to book. They perceive it as an injustice against their 'beloved leaders'. The politicians, and above all [Prime Minister] Victor Ponta, have encouraged this perception."

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