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Exit polls tip Romania's governing alliance for election victory

Exit polls tip Romania's governing alliance for election victory
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Romania’s leftist governing Social Liberal Union appears set for victory in the country’s parliamentary election.

Exit polls suggest it has won 54-57 percent of votes and is headed for a majority of seats.

If confirmed the result could set off another round of a power struggle between Prime Minister Viktor Ponta and President Traian Basescu.

Ponta tried to impeach Basescu in July, a campaign that brought harsh criticism from the European Union and United States and has left the two men in an uncomfortable power share.

Any prolonged period without a new administration in place would likely unnerve markets and raise questions about how Romania would obtain a new International Monetary Fund deal once the current agreement ends early next year.

Heavy snow, rain and fog across the Balkan country hampered turnout, which was only 37 percent by early evening, but also reflected deep dissatisfaction with politicians – many of whom
voters view as corrupt – among an electorate of just over 18 million.

First official results are due early on Monday.