Romania’s Social Democrats appear to have won the parliamentary election, according to exit polls. The opposition party, which ruled the country for a total of 12 years after the downfall of dictator Nicolai Ceaucescu, appears to have taken 36 per cent of the vote.
The other main opposition party, the Liberal Democrats, the party allied to President Traian Basescu, is expected to have about 31 per cent of the vote when all ballots are counted.
As the two parties are political foes, a coalition is unlikely. The loser in the election appears to be the Prime Minister of the past four years, Calin Tariceanu. Exit polls are predicting only twenty percent of the vote for him. But his party may be well-placed to play kingmaker in any coalition talks.