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Death Toll From Bucharest Nightclub Fire Rises

Protests have continued for a sixth straight day in Romania as the death toll from a nightclub fire reached 45.

Four people were reported to have died on November 8 from injuries sustained in the fire on October 30.

The blaze triggered nationwide protests that lave led to the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his leftist government.

The number of protesters fell at the weekend, to an estimated 1,000 in Bucharest, while President Klaus Iohannis was at the rally in the capital's downtown on November 8.

Iohannis, who made no comment to the media, stayed for roughly 20 minutes as many in the crowd booed, while others shouted that he should help cleanse the political class, widely seen as corrupt.

Iohannis has said he will resume consultations with political parties and civil society leaders over a new prime minister from November 9.

Just under 100 people were still in hospitals, with roughly 40 of them in serious or critical condition.

The fire broke out when fireworks set insulation foam ablaze, triggering a stampede toward the single exit and trapping many inside.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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