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Romanian Leader Survives Challenge From Ruling-Party Rebels

Liviu Dragnea is seen on April 27.

Liviu Dragnea is seen on April 27.

Photographer: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images 

Romania’s de facto leader survived one of the most serious challenges yet to his position as a rebellion from within his own party was quashed.

Senior Social Democrat officials upset at the Black Sea nation’s current course had sought to topple party boss Liviu Dragnea and derail his efforts to defang an anti-corruption drive. But Dragnea, who can’t take the prime minister’s job because of a criminal conviction but runs the government from behind the scenes, was backed by the party as a whole.