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Romania elects the president in the context of political crisis


Romanian President Klaus Iohannis (left) and PNL leader Ludovic Orban (right) at an event in Bucharest on May 18, 2019. Photo: AFP / TTXVN

About 18.2 million voters voted for the new leader from 14 candidates competing for the presidency for a five-year term.

Opinion polls show that the current president, 60, will win with about 40% of the vote, and if true, he will face the second round vote on November 24. Following Mr. Iohannis was the center-left candidate, Viorica Dancila, who until October remained the country's prime minister.

Next came independent candidate Mircea Diaconu, a former actor and theater director, and Dan Barna, head of the country's third largest political party, the center-left party of the Romania Rescue Federation.

Mr. Iohannis is a politician of anti-corruption, praised by the West for his commitment to enforcing the laws. He was elected to his first term in the 2014 election.

Observers say Iohannis' victory will help increase the opportunity for the National Liberal Party (PNL – center right) to form a united government after the general election in 2020 and restore the confidence of the first. capital, which eroded after years of political instability and budget deficit.

18,748 ballot boxes across the country will be closed at 21:00 pm 10/11 local time (ie 2am 11/11 Hanoi time). External voters have been voting since November 8 for three days.


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