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Romania's embattled Social Democrats hold congress

AP  |  Bucharest 

Protesters rallied today as Romania's ruling began a congress amid criticism of the government and the party chairman's leadership.

Dozens of demonstrators as well as hundreds of supporters gathered outside the building where the congress was taking place in the Romanian capital, where some 4,000 party members will elect 16 deputy presidents and a at the meeting.

Supporters watched the congress which was broadcast on a screen while protesters yelled "You thieves!" and called the Social Democrats "The red plague." Police detained three people for disturbing public order.

initially planned to seek a vote of support at the congress, but withdrew that option as some party members claimed he arbitrarily changed party rules.

Dragnea can't be due to a 2016 conviction for vote rigging. Prosecutors launched a separate probe, charging him with embezzling funds. He denies wrongdoing.

The left-wing party retains its traditional support, but has been criticized after appointing three prime ministers in one year, and also for a tax overhaul which saw social security taxes shifted from the employer to the employee.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 18:20 IST