04 December 2008 Bucharest _ The centre-right Liberal Democrats, PLD, won 166 seats in Romania’s new Parliament, but no party won a majority in the November 30 inconclusive parliamentary election.
This is according to final data released on Thursday by the Central Electoral Bureau.
The Social Democratic Party, PSD, came second with 163 seats in the two house Parliament, while Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s Liberal Party picked up 65 seats, the ethnic Hungarian UDMR won 31 seats. The other 18 seats in the Chamber of Deputies were automatically allocated to other ethnic minorities.
From now on, the main political parties will start coalition talks with President Traian Basescu, who has to nominate a premier. A vote of confidence in a proposed cabinet is to follow after 10 days.
President Basescu said before the polls that he would prefer a centre-right government.
He is not obliged by law to nominate a prime minister from the winning party.
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