Romania’s Center-Left Coalition Wins Parliamentary Elections

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Romania's center-left ruling coalition has won a Sunday's parliamentary elections.

With more than 80 percent of the ballots counted Monday, the Social-Liberal Union led by Prime Minister Victor Ponta has won about 60 percent of the votes, defeating President Traian Basescu's Right Romania Alliance.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which monitored the vote, says the election was conducted in a professional manner and that no fraud was detected.

The two candidates have been locked in a personal feud since Mr. Ponta tried, but failed to impeach the president in July.

Mr. Basescu has hinted that he might refuse to reappoint Mr. Ponta, regardless of who won the election. But analysts say that after such a decisive victory by Mr. Ponta's alliance, that would be unlikely.

Romanian political analyst Mircea Marian says the victory is good for Romania because it will likely lead to the political stability sought by foreign investors.