Romania's president signs decree to remove chief anti-corruption

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BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis signed on Monday a decree to remove chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi from post following a constitutional court ruling in May.

"Constitutional court rulings must be obeyed in a state that respects rule of law. The president issued the decree to remove chief prosecutor from post," presidency spokeswoman Madalina Dobrovolschi said.

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader called for Kovesi's dismissal in February, saying she had exceeded her authority and damaged the country's image abroad. His request drew thousands of anti-graft protesters onto the streets.

The country's judicial watchdog had said the request was unfounded and Iohannis rejected it, prompting the government to ask the top court to decide whether his rejection had created an institutional conflict.

(Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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