Runoff, Unicameralism In Romania

Nov. 23, 2009, midnight

Romanians will go to the polls for a runoff Presidential election on December 6 after no candidate was able to obtain a majority of votes in the first round vote on November 22. Incumbent President Traian BAESCU and Foreign Minister Mirecea GEOANA will contest the runoff after winning approximately 32 and 31 percent of votes, respectively, in the first round. Unemployment and economic contraction have figured heavily in the election campaign. Voters on November 22 also overwhelmingly supported constitutional amendments abolishing the country's upper house and reducing its lower house from 471 to 300 members.

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