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Romania's president rejects call to sack chief anti-graft prosecutor

Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's President Klaus Iohannis rejected on Monday a call by the justice minister to dismiss chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, saying the minister's arguments for doing so were unconvincing.

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader called for Kovesi's sacking in February, accusing her of exceeding her authority and damaging the country's image abroad. [nL8N1QD3V4]

"(The minister's) arguments for a revocation did not convince me," Iohannis, whose presidential advisers have carried out an assessment of the request, told reporters.


(Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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