Romanians Vote In Presidential Elections

Southeast Europe | November 2, 2014, Sunday // 12:36|  views


Eighteen million Romanians are voting for president on Sunday among 14 candidates.

The most likely winner, according to public opinion polls, is current PM Victor Ponta.

The 42-year-old prime minister from the Social Democratic Party is expected to garner 40% support at the first round, while his main opponent, Liberal Party head and mayor of Sibiu, Klaus Iohannis, will get around 29%.

The surveys suggest a run-off between Ponta and Iohannis on November 16, which Ponta is expected to win with 55% of the vote, according to the CSCI survey.

Incumbent President Traian Basescu will step down in December after 10 years in office because he can’t run for a third five-year term.

A total of 14 candidates are running for president, including former Regional Development Minister Elena Udrea backed by Basescu and former Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, who have 8% and 6% percent support, respectively.

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Tags: Romania, Presidential elections, Victor Ponta, Traian Basescu, Klaus Iohannis


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