Thursday 22 August 2019

Romanians vote in election overshadowed by corruption

A voter casts a ballot in Targusoru Nou, Romania (AP)
A voter casts a ballot in Targusoru Nou, Romania (AP)

Romanians have begun voting in a parliamentary election a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power.

The country of about 19 million is one of the poorest in the European Union and perceived as one of the most corrupt.

Romania's biggest party, the Social Democratic Party, is expected to come first and will probably try to form a majority with smaller parties.

Former prime minister Victor Ponta resigned after mass protests following a nightclub fire in October last year that killed 64 people.

The country is currently run by a government of technocrats headed by Dacian Ciolos, a former EU commissioner.

Polls opened at 7am Sunday and will close at 9pm, followed by exit polls.


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