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Romania's prime minister concedes defeat in presidential election

Romania’s prime minister, Victor Ponta, has conceded defeat to opposition centre-right candidate Klaus Iohannis in a surprise result.<p>Social Democrat Ponta had won in the first round of voting, and was ahead in opinion polls but on the day it was provincial mayor Iohannis who came out on top in the …

Romania's expat voter fiasco causes anger at home and abroad

In Paris and cities across Europe, thousands of Romanian expatriates struggled to cast their vote in their country’s presidential elections.<p>They queued outside Romanian embassies on Sunday from early in the morning, often in bad weather. By the time polling stations closed many had been unable to …

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Surprise victor Klaus Iohannis wins in Romanian presidential election

Supporters of Klaus Iohannis, the man who will be Romania’s next president, have been celebrating in Bucharest.<p>He won in a surprise victory against Prime Minister Victor Ponta. Social Democat Ponta had won in the first round of voting, and was ahead in opinion polls but on the day it was …

Romania's new leader wants less show, more real solutions

The fourth elected president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis is an unusual feature in its political landscape. He is leader of the National Liberal Party in the former communist state, 25 years after the bloody end of the dictator Ceaucescu.<p>When that end came, he was 30. He could have left. He is a …

Surprise presidential result may bring a wind of change in Romania

The surprise win by provincial mayor Klaus Iohannis in Romania’s presidential elections is still sinking in. Not only is he a relatively fresh political face but he is also an ethnic German and a protestant in a country with a huge orthodox majority.<p>Analysts such as Iohannis supporter Emil …

Romulus Ungureanu, Romania's National Rapporteur for Human Trafficking

Romania’s National Rapporteur for Human Trafficking, Romulus Ungureanu, is adamant Romanian authorities are doing a lot to crack down on the traffickers, claiming: ‘‘In Romania the crime of trafficking is heavily punished. The level and number of convictions in Romania is one of the highest in the …

Romania: Presidential run-off vote set for Sunday

Romania heads to the polls on Sunday to elect its next president. The firm favourite to win the second-round run-off is Prime Minister Victor Ponta, despite corruption probes and convictions of some of his senior aides.<p>Ponta’s campaign slogan is “Proud to be Romanians”.<p>Some say that’s a dig at his …

Romania sees protests ahead of elections

In Romania, thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand fair voting in the second round of the presidential elections.<p>The protest comes after many Romanians living abroad found themselves unable to vote before the ballot closed in the first round of the elections because of bureaucrat …

Ponta favourite as Romania votes in presidential run-off

Romania goes to the polls on Sunday for the second round of the country’s presidential election.<p>Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who has promised tax cuts and pension hikes, is favourite to win the run-off against the ethnic German mayor Klaus Iohannis.<p>The former Communist state, one of the EU’s …

Romanians vote for new president

Romanians are heading to the polls to elect their new president.<p>The second round run-off pits social-democrat prime minister Victor Ponta against a centre-right mayor Klaus Iohannis.<p>Ponta, who has promised tax cuts and pension hikes, is the favourite to win, but journalist Costi Rogozanu feels …

Romanian Prime Minister concedes defeat to Iohannis in presidential election

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has conceded defeat in the presidential election, although early exit polls do not give a clear result.<p>First results are expected in a matter of hours.<p>Ponta had fought off his centre-right opponent Klaus Iohannis in the first round run-off earlier in November …

Romania's PM refuses to quit despite losing presidential vote

Centre-right candidate Klaus Iohannis has scored an unexpected victory over front runner Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Romania’s presidential election.<p>Ethnic German Iohannis had been beaten by Ponta in the first round on November 2 and was trailing him in opinion polls right up to Sunday’s vote.<p>It …