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Opposition leader Basescu wins Romania vote

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Opposition leader Basescu wins Romania vote


Supporters of newly elected Romanian president Traian Basescu have been celebrating in the streets as the man himself pledges to get down to business.

The centrist DA alliance leader beat Prime Minister Adrian Nastase by a narrow margin in Sunday’s run-off vote. Following through on an election campaign pledge, Basescu said he was putting corruption on the country’s defence agenda: “I think at the moment high level corruption has become or is becoming a threat to our national security,” he said. With no party enjoying a majority in parliament the opposition offered to cooperate with Basescu as Romania pushes towards EU membership in 2007. “We’re going to support the plans put forward by Traian Basescu, continuing along the road towards Europe and prosperity,” says Adrian Nastase. “I hope that Traian Basescu as president will also lend his support to the plans either we or the new government will be proposing.” For the moment Basescu is negotiating with smaller parties as he aims to form a government. The incoming president holds significant influence over the process, as he nominates the new prime minister.
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