Romanian Opposition Challenges Runoff Result

Dec. 8, 2009, midnight

On December 8, Social Democratic Party leader Mircea GEOANA formally contested the result of a Presidential runoff election held last weekend. Despite early exit polls pointing to victory for former Foreign Minister GEOANA, results had incumbent President Traian BASESCU winning with 50.3 points to GEOANA's 49.7 points. Romania's constitutional court may order new elections, reject GEOANA's complaint, or re-open the polls in selected places. An interim government has run Romania since its Democratic Liberal minority government collapsed in October. Local news has speculated on whether President-elect BASECU’s new mandate would allow him to appoint a broadly supported Prime Minister.

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