Romanians vote in parliamentary elections today that are widely expected to see Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s centre-left alliance hold its majority by a comfortable margin.
An attempt, earlier this year, to impeach the country’s president Traian Basescu continues to cast a shadow.
After the vote, Basescu will get to nominate the next prime minister and some think he won’t choose Ponta.
Basescu is supported by Daniel Geanta and the Right Romania Alliance party, which is expected to come second.
But one Rolls Royce driving millionaire has seen his popularity soar, potentially taking third place. Dan Diaconescue is the leader of the Popular Party.
Its name has given rise to what many think are unrealistic campaign promises to raise wages and pensions and cut the sales tax.
Romania remains of one the most corrupt and poorest EU nations and many of the 18 million voters have become frustrated with deep austerity measures.