- Title: Romanian PM and president cast votes in parliamentary elections
- Date: 11th December 2016
- Summary: BUCHAREST, ROMANIA (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ROMANIAN PRESIDENT KLAUS IOHANNIS ENTERING A POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF IOHANNIS CASTING HIS BALLOT (SOUNDBITE) (Romanian) ROMANIAN PRESIDENT, KLAUS IOHANNIS, SAYING: "Today is an important day, we are voting for parliament. This will decide what will happen in Romania in the next four years. I invite you all to go and vote. I, personally, voted for a prosperous and powerful Romania." IOHANNIS LEAVING
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- Keywords: Zalau Bucharest Romania Dacian Ciolos Klaus Iohannis
- Location: ZALAU AND BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
- City: ZALAU AND BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
- Country: Romania
- Reuters ID: LVA0025CFULON
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- Story Text: Romania's Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and President Klaus Iohannis cast their votes in parliamentary elections on Sunday (December 11) that are likely to hand power back to the leftist Social Democrats (PSD), who advocate loose fiscal policy but are seen as permissive about rampant corruption.
Led by Liviu Dragnea, who has received a suspended two-year jail sentence for electoral fraud, the PSD was ousted from government just over a year ago in the wake of a fire in a Bucharest nightclub that killed more than 60 people.
The fire led to a surge of public anger over inept public officials and corruption, but widespread calls for reforms have faded in recent months, giving way to resignation about chronic poverty and politicians' unfulfilled promises.
The PSD campaigned on a promise to spend on welfare to address low living standards in much of Romania, which joined the European Union 10 years ago but remains one of the bloc's poorest and least modernized members.
Opinion polls show leftists could garner 40 to 44 percent in the vote, followed by their centre-right rivals National Liberal Party (PNL) with about 18 to 27 percent. The new Save Romania Union (USR) party is expected to get somewhere between 8 and 19 percent.
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