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Romanians voting in parliamentary elections

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 9 December 2012
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December 09, 2012

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Polls have opened in Romania, where parliamentary elections are taking place.

Opinion polls suggest the leftist Social Liberal Union party of Prime Minister Victor Ponta will win a majority of the seats.

However, commentators say President Traian Basescu may use his powers to ask one of his own allies to try to form a government.

The two have been embroiled in a feud since Ponta tried and failed to impeach the center-right Basescu in July.

Voter turnout is expected to be less than 50 percent, a sign, commentators say, of general dissatisfaction among Romanians with the country's political class.

Romania, one of Europe's poorest countries, is struggling to recover from a deep recession.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Al-Jazeera

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