A day after the elections, Romania has been celebrating its National Day, with politics on everyone’s mind. By law, President Traian Basescu must nominate the new Prime Minister – but with no clear party winner, tough negotiations lie ahead.A coalition is inevitable. The Liberal Democrats of Emil Boc won a third of the vote, and their close ties to the president put them in a strong position to promote his collegue Theodor Stolojan into the top job. The leftist Social Democrats came out narrowly on top with 33 percent, and will have a strong claim on the premiership. But the party is seen as the least likely to rein-in government spending, a vital task amid world economic worries. Wrangling over the government could further weaken Bucharest’s economy, which is perceived as more vulnerable than its neighbours to the global downturn.
Romanian President weighs electoral options