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Romania: Left scores huge election comeback

Romania: Left scores huge election comeback
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What a difference a year makes!

Romania’s leftist Social Democrats (PSD) have won Sunday’s parliamentary election, with over 45 percent of the vote.

Promises of more money in people’s pockets paid off – reviving the fortunes of a party that was driven from office just over 12 months ago by anti-corruption protesters.

Its leader Liviu Dragnea, 54, now naturally wants to be prime minister. The problem is that he was convicted of electoral fraud earlier this year and given a two-year suspended jail term.

And despite Dragnea proclaiming his readiness to serve – ‘I am not playing when it comes to this vote’ he told reporters – Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, a liberal, has said he won’t accept any candidate with a criminal past.

Official results on Monday showed the PSD party won more than 45 percent of the vote and its junior ally ALDE took around 6 percent, securing a combined outright majority.

The PSD were forced from power in November 2015 amid public anger over a deadly fire in a nightclub that lacked emergency exits and safety permits.

Protests over corruption and politicians’ failure to stamp out abuses multiplied.

For the past year, the country has been run by a technocrat government of experts who have succeeded in accelerating anti-corruption reforms, drawing praise from Brussels.

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