Romanian president meets with protesters

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Baku, November 9, AZERTAC 

Romania's president has appealed for protesters' support in reforming the country, as the death toll rose to 45 from a horrific nightclub fire that brought down the government, according to Channel NewsAsia.

Klaus Iohannis was met with shouted slogans and whistles from demonstrators seeking "profound change" as he paid a visit to the capital's University Square, the focal point of nearly a week of protests.

"It is only together that we can make this change, neither you alone, nor I alone can do it," Iohannis told the several hundred-strong crowd on the sixth consecutive night of demonstrations.

Thousands of Romanians have taken to the streets in mass anti-government protests since the deadly Oct 30 blaze at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, which also left scores injured. Many viewed compromised safety standards at the club as emblematic of a wider problem with rampant corruption in one of the European Union's poorest nations.

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