Partial Count Shows Romania’s Center-Left Winning Election

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Partial results from Romania's parliamentary election are giving the ruling center-left ruling alliance a clear victory in Sunday's vote.

With about 80 percent of polling stations reporting, Prime Minister Victor Ponta's ruling Social-Liberal Union has take about 60 percent of the vote. President Traian Basescu's Right Romania Alliance is trailing at a distant second with around 20 percent.

The two candidates have been locked in a personal feud since Mr. Ponta tried and failed to impeach Mr. Basescu in July. Mr. Basescu has hinted that he might refuse to re-appoint Mr. Ponta, regardless of who wins the election.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe monitored Sunday's vote.