There was jubilation at the headquarters of Romania’s Social Democrat party, after exit polls showed it appears to have won the parliamentary election with around 36 percent of the votes.
Even so, the leftist party, in opposition for the past four years, doesn’t seem to have enough support to take power outright.
Party leader Mircea Geoana said: “This result shows we are a powerful party that deserved to win the election. We are a party that knows how to move in the interests of the people. We’ve experienced four difficult years – difficult for us and the country. The moment has come to lead Romania in a new direction, a better direction.”
Triumph too from the Liberal Democrats, who exit polls say came second. The winners will have to wrestle with the right wing party to form a government.
Party President Emil Boc said: “Tonight, in this election, the majority of Romanians have spoken out in favour of the right and have rejected the politics of the left as a solution for the time of crisis that is ahead of us.”
Prime Minister for the past four years, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, appears to have lost the election.
“Today, we must avoid useless political disputes and do our duty,” he said. “The Romanians can have confidence in me, in my ability and that of my party to continue to lead the country according to its interests, towards a better life.”
His party is well placed to play kingmaker.