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Romania: 6 apply for job of chief anti-graft prosecutor

August 24, 2018

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s justice ministry says six people have applied to be the new chief anti-corruption prosecutor, a prestigious but highly scrutinized job.

The position opened up after President Klaus Iohannis was forced to dismiss Laura Codruta Kovesi in July after Justice Minister Tudorel Toader accused her of mismanagement and incompetence. She denied the accusations.

The ministry published the names of the applicants Friday. Just one is a prosecutor in the National Anti-Corruption Directorate that Kovesi headed.

Another is a former deputy prosecutor general, a third is a military prosecutor and the others are regional prosecutors. Last month, Toader rejected four candidates for the post.

The ruling Social Democratic Party has often criticized the anti-corruption agency, claiming it unfairly targets politicians.

Under Kovesi’s leadership it won praise from the European Union, the U.S. and ordinary Romanians.

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