Forecasts: iohannis winner of the rumanian election

forecasts: iohannis winner of the rumanian election

According to forecasts, incumbent klaus iohannis has won the presidential election in romania by a clear margin. The 60-year-old received 39 percent of the votes.

He fell short of the absolute majority needed to win in the first round and will have to face the second-placed social democrat, viorica dancila, in a run-off election in two weeks’ time. The politician, who was head of government until a week ago, came in second with 22.5 percent, according to projections based on post-election polls.

Iohannis buried the result as a clear vote against dancila’s PSD party: "never before have the rumanians voted so extensively and so clearly against the PSD. For rumania, this means an enormous step forward," iohannis said on sunday evening. For the runoff election on 24. November he called on the romanians: "come to the polls so that you can finally push the PSD aside."

Dancila was from january 2018 until a week ago prime minister of romania and had been overthrown by a vote of no confidence in parliament. It represented a judicial policy heavily criticized by the EU and iohannis, which, according to critics, favored politicians suspected of corruption. She was succeeded by ludovic orban, leader of the PNL civic party, which supports the non-party iohannis.

Iohanni’s supporters hope that the EU’s criticism of the country’s fight against corruption will now be reversed. In addition, iohannis promised, together with the new government, to fight nepotism, improve infrastructure, make better use of eu funds and reform public services such as health care and education.

The polls were conducted by the opinion research institutes curs and avantgarde, as reported by the romanian news agency mediafax. Reliable results based on the payment of ballots were expected on monday.

One hour before the polls closed, voter turnout was 46.8 percent, slightly higher than in the last european elections, which were held at the same time at 46.3 percent. Iohannis was able to benefit from the fact that, according to the data, more rumanians voted in cities than in rural areas. In rumania, stadter votes rather civic-liberal. On the other hand, the PSD of dancila is traditionally strong in the villages.

A record voter turnout emerged among expatriate rumanians. 641,500 foreign rumanians had been in the country by 19.00 o’clock CET elected. Unlike in the past, this time it was possible to vote by absentee ballot, and voting had already been allowed in other countries since friday. In previous elections, there had been turmoil in consulates because the crowds were so large.

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