In Surprise Turn, Romania’s PM Ponta Loses Election

Nov. 21, 2014, 2:40 p.m.

Located in Europe, Romania has a population of 21,729,871 with approximately 18,423,066 registered voters.[i] The first round of the presidential election was held on Sunday 2 November 2014. No candidate reached a majority of the votes, so a second round was required. Preliminary results for the second round of the presidential contest has Klaus IOHANNIS of the National Liberal Party (PNL) with 54.5 percent of the vote, defeating Prime Minister Victor PONTA of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), who attained 45.5 percent.[ii] Turnout for the election was approximately 62 percent, the “highest in 14 years.”[iii] Final results will be released in the coming weeks. Most opinion polls had Mr. PONTA winning the second round of the election. However, there were issues with overseas voting that led to increased support for Mr. IOHANNIS.[iv] Notably, Mr. IOHANNIS is the first “ethnic German Protestant” to be elected in the “majority-Orthodox country.”[v]

[i] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2778/

[ii] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30076716

[iii] http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21633835-surprise-winner-may-mark-welcome-shift-pragmatic-policies-commonsense-victory

[iv] http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN0IY29920141114

[v] http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21633835-surprise-winner-may-mark-welcome-shift-pragmatic-policies-commonsense-victory

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