Monday, December 1, 2008

Romania: early count shows president's party ahead

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Partial results show the centrist party supported by President Traian Basescu winning the most votes in Romania's parliamentary elections.

Officials say that with 71 percent of votes from Sunday's elections counted the Democratic Liberal Party has about 33 percent. The leftist Social Democrats have just over 32 percent.

If those results are confirmed, neither party would have an majority in Parliament.

Election Office spokesman Marian Muhulet said Monday the governing center-right Liberal Party is lying third with about 18 percent

Two polls late Sunday that have been highly reliable in past elections said that the leftists had come first.

Anxiety over the global financial crisis was a major issue in the elections.

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