Romania presidential elections: Klaus Iohannis re-elected with large majority

Anca Alexe 25/11/2019 | 07:53

Romanian incumbent president Klaus Iohannis has achieved a landslide victory against Social Democratic Party president Viorica Dancila on Sunday. With close to 100 percent of the votes having been counted in the country and abroad, Iohannis has scored a record 66 percent, versus 34 percent for Dancila.

“The winner today is modern Romania, European Romania, the normal Romania,” Iohannis said in his victory speech.

Dancila’s 34 percent was the lowest score ever obtained by a PSD candidate in a head-to-head presidential election, and some leaders in the party have already voiced their opposition to her staying on as party president. Immediately after the results were announced, Viorica Dancila said that she would not resign.

The turnout in Sunday’s election reached 49.87 percent inside the country, with 9,086,696 votes, over 2 percent higher than the turnout in the first round. Additionally, an unprecedented number of Romanians living abroad – 918,719 – voted on Sunday, overwhelmingly supporting Klaus Iohannis, who got 94 percent of these votes. 

Klaus Iohannis is 60 years old and was born in the city of Sibiu, which he led as mayor from 2000 to 2014, the year when he was first elected president of Romania. Before he entered politics, he was a physics teacher in his hometown. 

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