Friday, June 12, 2009

Romania's Social Democrats win largest number of MEP seats

BUCHAREST, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The Social Democrats won the largest number of seats in the June 7 poll in Romania and all the 33 elected for the future European Parliament are confirmed with a certificate on Thursday.

Head of the Central Electoral Bureau Vasile Alixandri handed the representatives of Romania in the European Parliament the certificates of MEPs, in the presence of President Traian Basescu, Prime Minister Emil Boc, and Speakers of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies Mircea Geoana and Roberta Anastase.

"I want to congratulate the 33 MEP and I voice conviction that they will influence for the better the interests of the country in the European Parliament," said Alixandri.

For his turn, President Basescu urged the MEPs not to take into account the political hue, but the fact that they are Romanians.

"I have the conviction that you are not all alike, but you are all Romanians, Romanian MPs, sent there by the Romanian people. You will be by all means confronted with some difficulties, difficulties generated by the very interests of Romania in relation with the general proposals. I am convinced that, along with all the 33 MPs, you will succeed to negotiate a position of Parliament, which is always in the favor of Romania," said Basescu.

The Central Electoral Bureau announced earlier that the alliance made up of the Social Democratic Party and the Conservative Party won the largest number of seats in the future European Parliament, with 11 seats, followed closely by the Democratic Liberal Party with 10 seats, the Liberal Democratic Party with 5, and the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania and the Greater Romania Party with 3 each. The only independent candidate that won an MEP mandate is Elen Basescu, the younger daughter of the president.

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