Ruling USL takes poll drop after impeachment vote


The ruling Social Liberal Union (USL) which comprises three parties including Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s Social Democratic Party (PSD) appears to have suffered from their failed impeachment attempt of President Traian Băsescu.

An opinion poll published in the newspaper Evenimentul Zilei by pollsters IRES puts the USL on 54%, down from 64% in July. The opposition Democratic Liberal Party, the president’s party, stands on 23% up from 14% in the same period. Two other parties would be represented in parliament based on the current poll, the Dan Diaconescu Popular Party (PPDD) would get 10% and the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) would just pass the threshold of 5%.

One local newspaper is also reporting that a general election has been scheduled for 2nd December and that the parliamentary sitting of 1st September will put in place the required legislation for that to happen. We cannot as yet verify these dates.

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