Social Democrats win general election
With 98% of the votes counted in yesterday’s general election the centre-left Social Democratic Party (PSD) have won a clear mandate seventeen months after their leader Prime Minister Victor Ponta was forced to step down on charges of corruption.
The new leader of the Social Democrats Liviu Dragnea (54) has brought his party back into government with a spectacular victory even though he was convicted to two years’ probation for electoral fraud earlier this year. The Social Democrats appear to have taken 46.15% in the Senate and 48 of the 134 seats whilst in the Chamber of Deputies they have 45.95% and 132 of the 308 seats.
The centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL) came second with 20.27% in the Senate or 10 seats and 19.89% in the Chamber of Deputies which equates to around 45 seats.
Save Romania Union (USR), a new party, came third with 8.5% in the Senate or three seats and 8.48% in the Chamber of Deputies or 14 seats.
The centrist to centre-right ethnic Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ or UDMR) took 6.31% and three seats in the Senate and 6.32% and 16 Deputies in the lower chamber.
The centre-right Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) has 6.06% in the Senate or one seat and 5.63% in the Chamber of Deputies probably equating to three seats.
Finally, the centre-right People’s Movement Party (PMP) has 5.33% in the Senate and one seat with 5.05% in the Chamber of Deputies and three seats.
The PSD and ALDE are expected to form a government with around 52% of the vote.