Romanian Minister of Justice Florin Iordache announced his resignation on Thursday. "However, for the public opinion this was not enough, which is why I have made a decision to resign from the post of minister of justice", Iordache explained in a televised statement.
The government survived a vote of no-confidence this week and says a public consultation will now take place on justice reform. The motion was initiated by the center-right opposition, namely the National Liberal Party and the National Salvation Front, with further support of the People's Movement Party.
The demonstrations - attracting hundreds of thousands of people - have been the country's largest since the fall of communism in 1989. The amendments envisaged reduced penalties for some graft offenses and pardon for several groups of prisoners. The law was repealed on Sunday, but protests have continued with some demonstrators calling for the resignation of the entire government.
"I have chose to offer my resignation", said Florin Iordache, a co-architect of the January emergency rule which critics say would have protected corrupt politicians from prosecution.
On Wednesday, the court established that there is no legal conflict of a constitutional nature between state powers following the adoption of the controversial emergency ordinance, pointing out that the government acted legally within its competence of issuing ordinances.
In a related development, Romania's constitutional court said on Thursday it would not rule on the decree.
"This decree does not exist anymore".
Asked what would happen if parliament does not do so, Dorneanu said: "We don't judge based on suppositions".