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Romanian government survives confidence vote

Romania's centre-left government has survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence after mass protests.

Ioana Bran, the parliamentary secretary said 161 politicians voted in support of the motion, short of the 232 votes needed for it to pass.

"We can say that the necessary majority has not been met, according to the constitution, for the vote to pass," Bran said.

Hundreds of thousands of people protested against the government after it passed an emergency ordinance last week to decriminalise some official corruption.

The government eventually scrapped the ordinance and the bill will now be debated and approved by the parliament.

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