People appalled by corruption bill, Romanian President says

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Klaus Iohannis said too little had been done too late over the controversial measure

Members of the government walked out of the chamber during address to Parliament

CNN  — 

The President of Romania has attacked the country’s government in a speech in Parliament, saying “Romanians are appalled” over the corruption bill scandal that has rocked the country in recent days.

President Klaus Iohannis said it is time for Romania to decide whether it wants to be a “strong prosperous” nation or a “weak despised one” – and he called for a referendum so the people can have their say.

Half a million citizens took to the streets on Sunday in the largest of a series of demonstrations over a bill that would have protected many politicians from being prosecuted for corruption.