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Romanian presidential candidates "neck and neck" after runoff

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Romanian presidential candidates "neck and neck" after runoff


Exit polls from Romania’s presidential run-off are showing the race between Social Democrat Prime Minister Adrian Nastase and opposition leader Traian Basescu is too close to call.

One poll suggested Nastase would win with 50.7 percent of the total vote, against 49.3 per cent for Basescu, the centre-right mayor of Bucharest. But another said both men were tied on 50 per cent. In the first round Nastase led with 41 per cent of the vote, ahead of Basescu, got 34 per cent. Mr Nastase received an election boost after concluding European Union accession talks on Wednesday. A Nastase victory would help his party stay in power following inconclusive parliamentary elections two weeks ago. Tighter controls were introduced ahead of today’s poll to make sure people could not vote more than once, and more than 3,000 observers monitored the vote. In the first round the opposition and several non-governmental organizations said the first round was marred by “massive fraud.”
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